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Morning Cloak Caterpiller

Nymphalis antiopa


Caterpillar ~2" long Black and orange Spines that look like black locust thorns


Tall grass


Crawled out of the grass onto concrete slab. Put back in grass later found same in rafters of barn. I guess it nearing the end of a life cycle?

2 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 7 years ago
Mourning Cloak Caterpillar
Nymphalis antiopa Nymphalis antiopa

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1 Comment

bradwatts 7 years ago

I saw one if these last summer and was lucky enough to watch it form a chrysalis and turn into a butterfly. I would agree that it is a morning cloak caterpillar. Cool pictures.

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North Richland Hills, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 22, 2013
Submitted on May 5, 2013

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