Paddle Caterpillar

Subject: Black and yellow caterpillar
Location: London, Ontario Canada
August 31, 2016 1:43 pm
I’m not sure that I’ve seen one of these around here before. Could you please be so kind as to ID it if possible?
Signature: Mike

Paddle Caterpillar
Paddle Caterpillar

Dear Mike,
Commonly called the Paddle Caterpillar, this is the larva of a Funerary Dagger Moth which you can verify by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on leaves of alder, apple, birch, blueberry/huckleberry (Vaccinium spp.), cottonwood, dogwood, elm, hazel, hickory, maple, oak, willow.”

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