Subject: What’s this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug: Tallahassee, FL
Time: 02:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Can you please ID this caterpillar? There are tons of them under my life oak. They’re eating my shrubs.
How you want your letter signed: Thank you in advance, Michael
The arched posture these Caterpillars have assumed is typical of Prominent Caterpillers in the genus Datana, and we are pretty confident they are Azalea Caterpillars, Datana major, based on this BugGuide image. According to BugGuide: “larvae feed mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron spp.) but have also been recorded on apple, blueberry, Red Oak, and Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifoloa).” Are your shrubs azaleas?