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Caterpillar - Epimecis hortaria

Caterpillar - Epimecis hortaria
Newport News, Virginia, USA
May 26, 2005
This caterpillar was found on a small sapling which had no leaves left. Although it has few markings, Im hoping someone will have some idea on the ID. It was around an inch in length.

Moved from Geometrid Moths.

What do people think
of Epimecis hortaria, Tulip Tree Beauty, Wagner p. 158. Wagner says "stout, oddly proportioned inchworm not likely to be confused with any other in our fauna: body widest about T3 and A1..." Another image at Forestry Images .

It looks a lot like a beetle larva, but I haven't been able to find any definite ID.

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