Subject: Unknown moth Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug: Middleville,MI
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
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.