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Underside of gray Phyllodesma caterpillar - Phyllodesma americana

Underside of gray Phyllodesma caterpillar - Phyllodesma americana
Carrollton, Dallas County, Texas, USA
April 29, 2009
Size: maybe 1.5 inches
This caterpillar looks just like one that a person saw in 2008 in Louisiana and submitted to BugGuide. I think it is the same type, but I don't know exactly what type it is. I also have included a photo of the top, which also looks just like the top of the 2008 specimen from Louisiana on BugGuide.

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Underside of gray Phyllodesma caterpillar - Phyllodesma americana Gray Phyllodesma caterpillar - Phyllodesma americana

Moved from Phyllodesma.


Moved from ID Request.

Lappet moth, don't know species
I think this is the very caterpillar you're referring to from LA in 2008:

There are 3 species of Phyllodesma in the U.S., it appears difficult to ID individuals not from the East Coast. See this comment under the LA caterpillar photo:
It certainly looks like a Lappet but not Phyllodesma americana. Wagner, pg 228, says there's a southern Lappet which he calls Phyllodesma carpinifolia, but others call Phyllodesma occidentis, but we haven't seen an image of the larva.

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