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caterpillar - Anisota stigma

caterpillar - Anisota stigma
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, USA
September 12, 2010

Moved from ID Request.

Looks to be ready to pupate,
so colors may not be representative. We suppose it could be Dryocampa, but looks more like Anisota stigma to us.

This looks like an early instar of Anisota stigma. The large "bump" behind the head is the new head capsule that is forming and will be the new head in the next instar. Since this one is on the sand it probably won't survive as it must've fallen from its silken pad that it spins as an anchor for molting.

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