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Caterpillar in Nova Scotia - Cucullia

Caterpillar in Nova Scotia - Cucullia
Canso, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, Canada
October 8, 2011
Size: 2''
We found this caterpillar two days at the same place. At the night before we found the caterpillar the temperature was close by zero and this is the ONLY one we have seen this year. The area is a forrest with some sunny places.



Moved from ID Request.

It makes us think rather of Cucullia
Check out the Asteroid and see if that is your creature. Was it on Goldenrod? That's where we usually find them.

Yes, this one looks more like
Yes, this one looks more like our animal. I am a novice on this field :-) I am not sure how exact the colors and stripes normally the same at each animal. Our animal has the yellow stripes on the top and on both sides, and than black and a type of red between it. I doesn't find this animal today, but I try it again tomorrow. I don't know the name of the plant, but it has white flowers and is maybe 4 feet tall.

I found a site with more info
I found a site with more information of the Asteroid:

I think there are a lot of different colors possible for this caterpillar, but all of them have yellow stripes on the back an side. I think this is the right one.

Thanks again for the help.

We think there are several Cucullia
with a similar color pattern, but don't yet have a reference that tells us how to separate them. Wagner is publishing a new book, on the Noctuid caterpillars, and we hope there will be more information on Cucullia there so we can learn more about them.

Do you have a side view?
I think it might be the same as this one, but I can't be sure without seeing the side:

Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli)

Welcome to Bugguide!

Thanks for the welcome! I am sorry but this is the only photo I get. I try to find it again today and take some more photos. I think you are right, it looks like a Yellow-striped Armyworm Moth. Thank you for your help!

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