Geographic location of the bug: Mimbres, New Mexico
Time: 07:54 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found these caterpillars – about 3 inches long – on my Oak tree.
Lots of them! What are they?
How you want your letter signed: Urbanohno
What a marvelous find. These are caterpillars of the Cecrops Eyed Silkmoth which we identified on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Adults in spring. Eggs are laid in rings on twigs of host plant. Early instar larvae are gregarious and feed in large groups, but they spread out and become solitary in later instars. Larvae are present in summer to early autumn. Overwinter as pupae in cocoons woven among (or incorporating) vegetation, mostly leaf litter on ground, sometimes on plants.”
Ah so – Thank You very much Daniel!