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Species Symmerista canicosta - Red-humped Oakworm - Hodges#7952

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Notodontidae (Prominent Moths)
Subfamily Nystaleinae
Genus Symmerista
Species canicosta (Red-humped Oakworm - Hodges#7952)
Hodges Number
7952
Identification
Caterpillar: "Bright orange head and black, yellow, orange and white pinstriping distinguish our Symmerista. Dorsum ...with five narrow black stripes separated by four white stripes. Integument smooth and shiny. A8 raised, orange."(1)

comparison of albifrons, canicosta and leucitys - 8th sternite

comparison of genitalia dissection - in albifrons, apex of the large bilobed process greatly exceeds the apex of the small simple process whereas in leucitys the two apexes are subequal
Range
Southern Canada to N. and S. Carolina and Mississippi
Season
Mature caterpillars in August and September in Northeast, caterpillars May to October in Southeast (two generations)
Food
Beech, chestnut and oak
Life Cycle
Caterpillars feed gregariously until perhaps the final instar.
Remarks
Larvae may be indistinguishable from S. albifrons, which overlaps the range of this one but has a more southerly distribution.(1)
Works Cited
1.Caterpillars of Eastern North America
David L. Wagner. 2005. Princeton University Press.