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Unknown Caterpillar - Ponometia candefacta

Unknown Caterpillar - Ponometia candefacta
Bellevue, Nebraska, USA
July 23, 2011

Moved from ID Request.

Olive-shaded bird-dropping moth
Ponometia candefacta. I'm looking at Wagner's new book on owlet moth caterpillars, and the fact that yours has the green and white stripes, and a green and white striped head capsule, along with the three pairs of prolegs (as opposed to 4 or 5 pairs) appears to be definitive.

For future caterpillar ID's, a plant ID can really help a lot. Then again, I know that sometimes that is more difficult than identifying the caterpillar in the first place.

Kudos by the way.
I should mention that this is a great caterpillar photo, I know how difficult it can be to get them lined up for a lateral shot like this while keeping the whole thing in focus. It is a handsome picture, but it also really helps in the ID.

Thanks a lot!
Thanks a lot for the quick id & the compliment, Mark. I really appreciate it. You are right about the difficulties in getting the "desired" lateral shot. Between their movement and the incessant winds of Nebraska it can be quite a struggle. I have been looking forward to that book, by the way. You must have the inside connection as I didn't think it was available yet. ;)

Sort of.
I know the author (not well, but he's close with my former PhD advisor), so I had advance notice that it was about to finally be published. Still, I ended up ordering it on Amazon. It took a while to arrive, but you should be able to get it with no trouble now. It's great, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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