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Photo#163919
Lepipolys perscripta Caterpillar - Sympistis sorapis

Lepipolys perscripta Caterpillar - Sympistis sorapis
ChapeƱo, Starr County, Texas, USA
March 13, 2001
A large group of larvae were feeding on Maurandya antirrhiniflora (Scrophulariaceae) -- Snapdragon Vine.

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Lepipolys perscripta Caterpillar - Sympistis sorapis Lepipolys perscripta Caterpillar - Sympistis sorapis

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Moved from Sympistis.

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Moved from Scribbled Sallow.

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Moved from Lepipolys.

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Moved from Scribbled Sallow.

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Moved from Lepipolys.

10154 - Lepipolys perscripta
Identified with the help of Dave Wagner and several of his researcher associates. A link is given on the species page in the Guide to a similar photo at Bruce Walsh's website for Southeastern Arizona. This photo plus one in the files from the Flagstaff area should be moved to the species page.

 
Please Change to Lepipolys Genus Level for Now
Dave Wagner suggested that I read again the emails that were exchanged regarding the ID of this caterpillar. I did that, and they do not firmly identified this larva at the species level. It is probably a Lepipolys, but it very well might not be L. perscripta. It seems that, across the continent, there might be as many as four or five closely allied cryptic species to be sorted out when someone has time to do the research and rearing experiments.

 
Lepipolys perscripta
For a picture and description of the chemical ecology of this caterpillar see C. A. Boros, F. R. Stermitz, N. McFarland, Journal of Chemical Ecology 1991. 17: 1123-1133.

 
Is the Photo Originally Posted Here Deemed to be L. perscripta?
Frank, I suspect you are confirming this to be Lepipolys perscripta. Few, if any, of the folks here will have access to Chemical Ecology.

 
Frank, can you leave a comment also on

 
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what hostplant
Do you know what plant it was eating? BEAUTIFUL animal!

cool caterpillar! Can't wait
cool caterpillar! Can't wait to see if someone recognizes it...

We have something similar
at , Bob, but not even a nibble on it so far. Hope the new post stimulates some interest in it. Certainly a lovely creature!

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