Subject: White Caterpillar with black spots
Location: South Florida
April 11, 2014 12:58 pm
We have a few of these critters outside of our office building just hanging out in the bushes. I live in South Florida and this is my first time seeing this kind of bug. We’re not sure if it will be a moth or butterfly.
It is a white caterpillar with black spots and black spines. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance
Signature: Amber K
Dear Amber K,
This distinctive caterpillar is a Zebra Longwing Caterpillar, Heliconius charithonia, and some of the bushes outside your office building must have passionflower growing on them. Adult Zebra Longwings are lovely brown and yellow striped butterflies with forewings nearly twice the length of the hindwings. See BugGuide for additional information and images.