Subject: Catepillar
Location: Somerville, Ma
July 4, 2017 12:46 pm
We are interested in Finding out what kind of caterpillar this is.
Signature: Amy

American Lady Caterpillars

Dear Amy,
These American Lady Caterpillars,
Vanessa virginiensis, will eventually transform into a lovely orange American Lady butterfly.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on Cudweeds, Everlastings and Pussytoes.”

I so wish I could send you something cool, but all the tents have been invaded and they are all gone. I think the Mockingbirds got to them. We had a nest of them in our climbing rose with 3 fledglings all about. Maybe we’ll get them again sometime!

Location: Somerville, Massachusetts

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