Eight Spotted Forrester Caterpillar

Subject: Caterpillar Munching on Grapevine
Location: High Springs, Florida
April 18, 2015 6:00 pm
Hi! Despite numerous attempts to ID this beautiful caterpillar, its true identity continues to elude me. It sure loves my grapevine and it gets more beautiful everyday. I’d love for you to tell me what it’ll become. Thank you.
Signature: Elizabeth

Eight Spotted Forrester Caterpillar
Eight Spotted Forrester Caterpillar

Dear Elizabeth,
Your caterpillar is an Eight Spotted Forrester Caterpillar,
Alypia octomaculata, and we verified its identification on BugGuide.  The adult Eight Spotted Forrester is a pretty black and white diurnal moth that is frequently mistaken for a butterfly when it visits blossoms on sunny days.

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