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Datana caterpillars on winged sumac - Datana perspicua

Datana caterpillars on winged sumac - Datana perspicua
Shaw Nature Reserve near Gray Summit, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
August 31, 2009
Size: 55 mm
These caterpillar commonly defoliate large portions of the three species of sumac that grow around here. In this case they're on Rhus copallina. A local lep enthusiast identified them as Datana perspicua. My guess is that with all their bright colors and posturing, they don't taste good. Anyone ever tried one?

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