Monday, August 15, 2011

Tuliptree Silkmoth Caterpillar

Ari found this guy on the ground outside and showed it to Noor

We went back and forth trying to identify it. On the one hand, it looks a lot like a tomato or tobacco hawkmoth, but it is missing the tell-tale diagonal white markings.  We decided it was a silk moth caterpillar, but weren't sure exactly what kind. We finally settled on a Callosamia angulifera, a Tuliptree silkmoth (it was found under a tulip poplar).  Noor posted it on BAMONA, and they just verified it!  It has already started spinning its cocoon.  We're hoping to keep it safe over winter.

Here's Noor's entry on BAMONA

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