Subject: Green caterpillar, white and red splotches
Geographic location of the bug: South Jersey (NJ)
Time: 12:23 PM EDT
This guy appeared on my grandson’s shirt when no one was looking. We were sitting outside under the “umbrella tent” on the deck table around noon Wed 8/30/17. Can’t find an image online. (Would like to keep it but don’t know what it eats.) Thanks!
How you want your letter signed: Monarch Mama
Dear Monarch Mama,
If you compare your caterpillar to this BugGuide image, you should see the similarity to the Prominent Moth Caterpillar, Heterocampa guttivitta. We cannot state for certain that the species is the same, but we are confident that the genus Heterocampa is correct. Was that paper really that pink? We color corrected it and the green on the caterpillar looks better, but we will delete our color corrected image from the posting if the paper background for the caterpillar was really pink.