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Photo#859417
purple and black caterpillar - Schizura biedermani

purple and black caterpillar - Schizura biedermani
Salero Ranch, mesquite grassland, ~9 mi E of Tubac, 4340 ft elevation, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
September 15, 2013
Photographed in bed of pickup truck. It is possible it traveled to this spot from Cochise County, Arizona.

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purple and black caterpillar - Schizura biedermani purple and black caterpillar - Schizura biedermani purple and black caterpillar - Schizura biedermani

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Moved from ID Request. Great find! Here's an image from Bruce Walsh's website.

 
Schizura biedermani
Yes! That looks perfect. Although I wrote mesquite grassland in the notes, there are also plenty of Quercus emoryi and oblongifolia, which are noted as food plants for this species.

Can you post a couple more images
from different perspectives?

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I can say is wow..i never saw eyes like that..i hope someone can shed light on it