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A "Here's Looking at You Kid" Caterpillar - Asterocampa clyton
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
July 9, 2007
Size: About 1 inch long

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Moved from Tawny Emperor.

Asterocampa clyton
A couple of things to look at. Spines on the head are different, and there are lots of small spines around the face. Often there is black on the larger spines. The stripes on the body are different - there are more of them, and the diagonal marks on the side are not there (all are basically straight). Also, I've never seen A. celtis in big gregarious groups, and A. clyton is usually found that way (though common single in the last instar).

Moved from Asterocampa.

Looks like one of the Emperors
Asterocampa, but we're not sure how to tell them apart. Images in the guide here

We have lots of hackberry trees
We have lots of hackberry trees at Bluebonnet Swamp.
We have lots of Hackberry Emperor and Tawny Emperor butterflies.

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