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Photo#216942
Caterpillar in White Pine - Lapara bombycoides

Caterpillar in White Pine - Lapara bombycoides
Sevier County, Tennessee, USA
August 8, 2008
Did anyone decide on an ID on this caterpillar found in the White Pine outside the UT Field Station? Gathering_2008

Moved
Moved from Lapara.

Moved

Pine Sphinx
Pine Sphinx, Lapara species, either Lapara bombycoides (Northern Pine Sphinx) or Lapara coniferarum (Pine Sphinx). From statements on the guide pages, it would appear that either could occur in the Smokies and that the cats cannot be distinguished. Looking at my close-ups of the "cone", it is translucent, and one can see the Pine Sphinx head pattern underneath. Seems our hypothesis of a bit of the last moult is good. Compare, especially, this photo:

I measured the length of this one to be 27 mm.

 
Detail of "conehead"
is here on my Flickr site.

cone-headed?
Are my eyes playing tricks on me or is this caterpillar cone-headed?

 
Yes, it is cone-headed! The
Yes, it is cone-headed! The theory was that it was a remnant of a previous moult. (Or, that is was from France - an old SNL reference.)

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