Subject: Ziggy Stardust Caterpillar!
Location: Arabela, New Mexico
August 21, 2015 3:01 pm
Oh, this spectacular being is going to turn into something fabulous, I just know it! But what????? He is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Found on an oak tree, wondering what it is and if oak is source of food?
Signature: don’t understand this ?
Your amazing caterpillar is a Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar, Automeris zephyria, a species found, according to BugGuide, in “Central New Mexico mountains south into the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas. Only known from east of the Rio Grande.” BugGuide also notes the caterpillars eat: “Primarily Oaks (Quercus) and Mountain Mohogany (Cercocarpus), also occasionally found on Willows (Salix sp.), Rose (Rosa sp.), Plum & Cherry (Prunus sp.), and occasionally on several other deciduous woody genera. Will readily accept a variety of genera and species in captivity, including Apple (Malus sp.), Redbud (Cercis sp.), etc.” The adult Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth is truly a lovely moth.