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Caterpillar on poison ivy - Epipaschia superatalis

Caterpillar on poison ivy - Epipaschia superatalis
Ballston Lake , Saratoga County, New York, USA
August 3, 2011
Size: 15 mm
I found three of these caterpillars on a poison ivy vine. They can move very quickly, and don't inch along like inchworms. ID help appreciated.

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Moved

Ok, we've got another puzzle for you Karl
??

Yes, itching!
Good one!

 
Macalla superatalis (=Epipaschia superatalis)
A description corresponding to this caterpillar (?) is as follows:

Stage V. - Head black, a bright white spot in the clypeus, dot on paraclypeus and long spot each side of clypeus; width 1.5 mm. Dorsal band orange; sides black with light blue lines approximate in the center; subcenter pale yellow, venter and feet whitish, anal feet black above. No shields.

Food plants, Rhus radicans, Rhus vernis.

Dyar, H. J. 1904. Poison Ivy Caterpillars. J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 12: 249-250. (google books)

Is it safe to move the various images that have been posted of this caterpillar to the species page?

 
Great research, Karl!
It sure looks like you are describing this caterpillar. We would wait for more support for the move, but you have our support for your ID while we wait.

Yes, we've been trying to get these ID'd for a long time.
If you can bring some home and raise them to adult, that would be wonderful. Troy may try to do it too.

 
I just collected two,
and am itching to find out what they become ... I'll keep you posted.

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