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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: South Texas
March 28, 2016 5:58 pm
I live in south Texas. We lots of large oak trees. Found these caterpillars under the dead leaves on the ground. What kind of caterpillar is it? And should I be worried
Signature: Luckylisa

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

Dear Luckylisa,
There is no cause for concern regarding this awesome Underwing Caterpillar from the genus
Catocala, probably the Ilia Underwing, Catocala ilia.  It is believe that the Ilia Underwing Caterpillar mimics lichens for camouflage.  You can compare your individual to this posting from BugGuide.

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Texas

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