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Caterpillar with Mauve Markings - Heterocampa pulverea

Caterpillar with Mauve Markings - Heterocampa pulverea
Baton Rouge - BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 6, 2008
Size: about 1 inch
Angie called from the Swamp and said they had found a caterpillar with mauve markings.
I checked the dictionary and found that mauve was a moderate purple, violet.
Yup, that's the color.

The closest I find is on page 302 of David L. Wagner's "Caterpillars of Eastern North America.
heterocampa umbrata - White-blotched heterocampa.
Of course I have to allow a lot for color and pattern variation.

This caterpillar was found on the ground beneath a water oak.
Lots of other trees in the area too.
I could not get it interested in eating leaves from water oak or any of several other leaves from trees in the area.

John

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Nice find!
Certainly looks like others in the guide.

This colour
and on the ground = fully fed & searching for a pupation site.

 
Thanks to both of you
ID and reason I couldn't get it to eat.
And faster response than I can around to checking for incoming mail.
Hope you are having fun with BugGuide too.

John

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