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Photo#20763
Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis

Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis
Ruddock, St. John Parish (South of Lake Pontchartrain) Parish, Louisiana, USA
June 16, 2005
Size: 3/4"
I found this caterpillar yesterday, Friday, 6/17/05. It was feeding on, I think a vine called Green Briar, along a railroad in a swampy environment. I found a caterpillar last year that in many ways was very similiar to this one. Infact, both caterpillars were feeding on the same plant. That caterpillar was identified as a Curve Lined Owlet. Could this one be the same family?

This is a very good match ....
...for Janice Stiefel's reared 5th instar of 8007 - Unicorn Caterpillar Moth - Schizura unicornis (MPG Living Moths). Very nice photo. The Owlet is in Noctuidae, Schizura is in Notodontidae, both are in the same superfamily. Many insects, including a number of moths, feed on Greenbriar.

 
yes, unicorn
This fits the description of Schizura unicornis in Wagner (1) page 313 very well, and especially the inset photo.

Schizura sp.?
Looks like a Schizura. (1)

Also look at these links:

Morning Glory Prominent
Unicorn Caterpillar

 
Looks just like one I posted
Looks just like one I posted awhile back. Didn't make it this far in the identification.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/178236

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