Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Prominent Moth Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis

Prominent Moth Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
September 9, 2005
Does anyone know what's going on here?

Images of this individual: tag all
Prominent Moth Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis Braconid Cocoon Prominent Moth Caterpillar - Schizura unicornis

This looks like the Unicorn, Schizura unicornis, and Wagner (1) has an image on page 313 which looks strikingly like yours. He says "the caterpillar is perched atop a bundle of more than two dozen braconid cocoons -- the holes from which the wasps exited are visible in the caterpillar's body wall" !!

I am confused.
Why would the caterpillar sit there?

Maybe the motor nervous system is gone??

Thanks for the info,
I have one of the bundles in a container, although I think we removed the caterpillar....I wonder what will happen!

yesterday, I went to the feed store in Leesburg where I get my chicken feed, went behind the building to see if the Tussock cats were still there, they were, but I noticed two that were sitting atop little fluffy white cocoons, I took a blade of grass and was touching one, and it did act like it was in a daze, I wish I had my camera, neat to know this could be what it was.