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Phosphila turbulenta

Phosphila turbulenta
Charlestown, Washington County, Rhode Island, USA
July 13, 2005
Size: 2-2.5 inches
I found these recently but unfortunately was able to only capture one photo. One small disturbance to the branch by me and they all released their grip and fell to the ground.
I assume that this behavior is a defense mechanism.

I would appreciate some help with an ID. I have check the site and several field guides with no success.

Turbulent behavior?
If in fact the species is Phosphila turbulenta as Lynette suggests it would be a very appropriate name for caterpillars that run for cover in a turbulent fashion.

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Great shot, by the way.

Thank you both your your comments. I am now able to name my photo. I only wish I had been able to take another shot of these spactacular caterpillars as this photo is a bit out of focus.

I learned a new species today!!! Always a good thing!


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