Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Tucson
April 1, 2017 11:03 pm
Can you tell me what he is or what he eats? Found on a sidewalk.
Signature: Brenna

Clio Tiger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Brenna,
Your image is quite amusing.  It appears you have been offering this Clio Tiger Moth Caterpillar,
Ectypia clio, every imaginable vegetable except its preferred food.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on milkweed (Asclepias, Asclepiadaceae) and dogbane (Apocynum, Apocynaceae). Behr reported them on spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium).”  It is also possible that this individual has left its food plant in search of a place to pupate, in which case it is no longer interested in eating.

Thx. And you are correct. I will get him a stick unless he buries. That would explain why he was on a sidewalk.

Location: Tucson, Arizona

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