Subject:  Unknown moth Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Middleville,MI
Date: 07/21/2019
Time: 06:55 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My neighbor kids found this caterpillar today in the grass under an oak tree. It has been very hot here last week.I took a picture of the underside also. I wish it was more clear.
How you want your letter signed:  Kim

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Kim,
This is an American Lappet Moth Caterpillar,
Phyllodesma americana, and we confirmed its identification on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars feed on leaves of alder, birch, oak, poplar, willow, snowbrush (Ceanothus velutinus), chinquapin (Chrysolepis chrysophylla), and members of the rose family; larvae rest longitudinally along a twig during the day, and feed at night” so it was likely feeding on the oak.

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Location: Middleville, Michigan

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