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Noctuid caterpillar on chicory - Chloridea virescens

Noctuid caterpillar on chicory - Chloridea virescens
Horsham Trail, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 28, 2007
Size: 20 mm
On chicory flower Cichorium .
If it can't be IDed I'll frass.
Southeastern PA

Moved from Heliothinae.

Interesting! We have more images of caterpillars than of adults.

It reminds me of tobacco budworm
often found on flowers. See here.

Not an expert
I was just wondering if sawfly larva was a possibility? Maybe I'm way wrong. I'm not even really sure how to tell them apart. Would the hair rule out sawfly or no?

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