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Tawny Emperor Caterpillar  (Asterocampa clyton) - Asterocampa

Tawny Emperor Caterpillar (Asterocampa clyton) - Asterocampa
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
September 8, 2016
I have seen these 1.5 inch caterpillars in recent weeks. There's usually about 3 or 4 of them and they hang out on the same tree branch each night. They're about 1.5 inches long and always active. I took pictures a week ago of one in particular, it looked very fat and the leaf if was on was covered in cocoon silk, yet it never made a cocoon. these guys are hairless but have "fuzzy antlers", I don't know of a better way to describe them. I cannot find an ID for these and I have looked in several places on the web.


Moved from ID Request.

Looks to be
one of the Asterocampa, not sure which one

Thanks for narrowing down the possibilities. Looks like a Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton). The Hackberry variety (Asterocampa celtis) has a darker and spinier head.