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Small worm sitting on a growing cypress knee in the swamp.


Spotted at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.


Possibly an armyworm of some kind (reminds of a fall armyworm)? Sorry that the picture's slightly out of focus!

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Machi a year ago

It is hard to tell size form this perspective though, and it could very well be something else. Armyworms actually change a lot in appearance from instar to instar.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Oh, that’s very interesting, Machi. I didn’t know that!

Machi a year ago

They all have to hatch out of a small egg! You might be more accustomed to seeing larger ones because they are more noticeable.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Thanks for pointing out the cypress knee and the possibility that the worm could belong to Noctuinae. If I recall correctly, the worm was very small...

Machi a year ago

Mauna, the root is a cypress knee. I agree it looks like an armyworm, but it is too hard for me to say this zoomed out when they are similar-looking caterpillars in Subfamily Noctuinae

Roy Arun
Roy Arun a year ago

looks like a red eye...nice....and u r right in identifying....

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Dec 27, 2015
Submitted on Mar 12, 2019

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