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Caterpillar - My hero - Eats Chinese privet! - Apatelodes torrefacta

Caterpillar - My hero - Eats Chinese privet! - Apatelodes torrefacta
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 5, 2007
Size: 2 inches long
Found at 9:00 AM resting on Chinese privet branch.
Later began eating privet leaves! Chinese privet is an invasive species in our park.
Long yellow hairs.
Red boots on each foot. (will post a separate picture)
One tuft in rear.
Two tufts in front, one larger than the other. Smaller one farther to the front. (will post a separate picture).

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Nice image!
What do you think of Apatelodes torrefacta - Spotted Apatelodes, images in the guide here

 
Apatelodes torrefacta looks right to me...
I looked at images here and on some of the links.
Ours seems to be having a bad hair day compared to other images. We had rain yesterday evening. Black markings on the sides and red boots show better with the hair kind of matted together. Other images I took show the clumps of black hairs that are spaced out along the "spine". Many of the images posted by others show this more clearly than our images.

 
Looks pretty close
Interestingly a search on the Hostplant database turned up 28 species that are known to consume the nasty Ligustrum vulgare. 12 of these are US and Nearctic and none of them were your Apatelodes. Hmm.

 
Thanks for the interest...
I added an image of the caterpillar making a Chinese privet leaf disappear.
I only found one caterpillar like this in the area.
I will look again tomorrow.

 
This is awesome!
My Conservation Biology class will be going out to Bluebonnet Swamp later this semester to help remove elephant ears and the 3 Ligustrum spp. I will definitely check the L. sinense to make sure we are not removing any of these guys!!!

Oh my God
I want a thousand eggs. Price is no object.

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