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Old 10-23-2009, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Is this a Glorious Habrosyne caterpillar?

I have been stumped by this caterpillar I found on my Ninebark shrubs this month. Could it be either a Tufted Thyatirid, Lettered Habrosyne or a Glorious Habrosyne (Habrosyne gloriosa)? In some cases they were inside a leaf, the edges of which they sealed together. My David Wagner book of eastern butterflies mentions that Ninebark is a hostplant for Glorious Habrosyne but I cannot find any photos to confirm the ID of this cat...

I've also posted this to BugGuide.net where they will help you with identification but nobody has figured it out yet...
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:57 PM   #2
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I just went through my Caterpillars of Eastern North America field guide (by David Wagner, same book?) and can't find a match. How big was it? Any other photos that might show other features?

Looks kind of Hawk Moth-ish to me, but can't find anything on that group that matches.

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Old 11-01-2009, 03:01 PM   #3
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This could be a tufted thyratin, Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides - see caterpillar in rolled up raspberry leaves - Pseudothyatira cymatophoroides - BugGuide.Net
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:27 PM   #4
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Good call, suunto! It does look like that.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:24 AM   #5
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That could well be it!! Thank you!!
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