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Photo#74175
caterpillar - Synchlora aerata

caterpillar - Synchlora aerata
Cross Plains, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
August 31, 2006
I noticed this small caterpillar this morning while on my daily insect hunt. I thought at first it was just a piece of debris on the flower but noticed that it moved. Strangest thing I've ever seen. It is about 5mm in its usual looped position but stretched out I would estimate it is about 10mm in length.

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caterpillar - Synchlora aerata caterpillar - Synchlora aerata

Moved
Moved from Synchlora.

Moved

Synchlora?
The guide page for Synchlora says "Some members of this genus have the remarkable habit of adorning themselves with bits of flowers for camouflage." There are some beautiful images, especially when they use flower petal bits for camouflage, here.

There may be another caterpillar that does this that I don't know about, but you may find it matches synchlora.

 
Synchlora
Thanks for the ID. I looked at the other photos and read the article about this caterpillar. This is really an effective camouflage.

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