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Old 05-16-2013, 05:01 PM   #1
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I found these guys on a couple of pin oaks in my yard.
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Can anyone tell me what they are?
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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I dunno.... it's cute in a "punk rocker" kinda way though. How goes finals for you? Are you surviving?
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Old 05-21-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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I couldn't find it in any of my guides. The only green-hairy ones I know of are the cabbage worms or loopers.
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Very cute! I have no idea what it is, though, and have never seen one here. Raise it and see, always the best way!
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Today I happened upon a photo of a luna moth larva in the science book, and I thought of this thread. The photo had that same "punk rocker" look that Equil mentioned...but I don't see oak listed as a host plant--although it has a wide range of host plants.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:24 PM   #6
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I've seen that caterpillar before but I don't remember if I ever figured it out.

It's not a luna but lunas definitely use oak. I raise a few of them on oak each year.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:29 PM   #7
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I'm gonna tag along on this thread and ask the same question:
Who's cat is this munching my Vernonia into oblivion?
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I'm gonna tag along on this thread and ask the same question:
Who's cat is this munching my Vernonia into oblivion?
I was thinking it might be the ironweed borer moth/Papaipema cerussata that will go after the pith. So far I have not been able to find a picture of the caterpillar to confirm even though there are many pictures of the moth.

Would you mind if I use this photo to try and ID?
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Tall Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)
These species include Carmenta bassiformis (Eupatorium Borer Moth), Papaipema cerussata (Ironweed Borer Moth), Papaipema limpida (another Ironweed Borer Moth), Perigea xanthioides (Red Groundling), Polygrammodes flavidalis (Pyralid Moth sp.), and Polygrammodes langdonalis (Pyralid Moth sp.).
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I was thinking it might be the ironweed borer moth/Papaipema cerussata that will go after the pith. So far I have not been able to find a picture of the caterpiller to confirm even though there are many pictures of the moth.
Wagner covers the genus Papaipema in his Owlet book. While there is no picture of P. cerussata, his general description of what Papaipema caterpillars look like plus pics of other cats in that genus lead me to believe the cat is NOT P. cerussata.
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Feel free to use the photo for anything, Gloria. I have not tried to ID it from anywhere. I saw 4 of these cats on my plants while watering, immediately before leaving the house (to go fishing ) And FYI, even though the caterpillars are on the stem, they have just about denuded the little plant of leaves.

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