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Photo#238358
Caterpillar - Phyciodes tharos

Caterpillar - Phyciodes tharos
Camden County, New Jersey, USA
September 2, 2008
Size: ~1.5 inch

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This one is similar to...
...something in the genus Phyciodes, but I'm not an expert.

 
I expect not Phyciodes
The structure of the spines is different in the family Nymphalidae. This will be some species of moth, but I would only be guessing at the family.

 
...
Could this be a Buckeye caterpillar? I have photographed buckeye's in the same area and it looks similar to those in the guide.

 
I was wrong
After refamiliarizing myself with Phyciodes caterpillars, this does indeed look like Phyciodes, but definitely not Junonia. Based on location and coloration, it is probably Phyciodes tharos.

I came back looking for this one a while back, but lost track of where it was on BugGuide. Finally stumbled on it again just now. Sorry about the long delay in getting back to it.
3 May, 2009 - 7:42pm

 
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Thanks for the update David.

I noticed the other Phyciodes tharos caterpillars in the guide are of a different color variation than this one. Is that common?

Thanks again!

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