Subject: Unknown Caterpillar
Location: Newport, Pennsylvania
September 9, 2016 2:36 pm
I have never seen this one before. Found in field of tall grass and weeds.
This is one of the Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillars from the genus Cucullia, and we believe that based on this BugGuide image, it is the Brown Hooded Owlet, Cucullia convexipennis. According to BugGuide, the caterpillar is also called the Calico Paint and “Larvae feed on the leaves and flowers of aster (Aster spp.) and goldenrod (Solidago spp.).”