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Toadflax Brocade caterpillar

Calophasia lunula

Description:

almost 2", This moth is native to Europe. It was first introduced to Canada as a biocontrol agent in the early 1960s, to help combat toadflax.

Habitat:

mulch

Notes:

I was weeding a lot of toadflax in a huge shrub bed today and found a few of these caterpillars in the mulch. It was my first time seeing them. I couldn't believe how bright the yellow was, especially while photographing them, it was almost hard to focus.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Toadflax Brocade caterpillar
Calophasia lunula Caterpillar with yellow stripes - Calophasia lunula - BugGuide.Net


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8 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Aaron. It was one of the coolest I've seen around this area.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

This was one of the neat caterpillar spottings of 2012. :-)

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Braulio!

Stunning colours!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Carol!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

Cool!

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

Thanks Neil for the ID and kunzah and Aaron.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

The common name is just as colorful as the larva itself! :-)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 6 years ago

Wow. It's pretty.

dandoucette
Spotted by
dandoucette

Niagara Falls, ON, Ontario, Canada

Lat: 43.06, Long: -79.08

Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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