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Stout Spanworm Moth

Lycia ursaria


Caterpillar about 1 1/4 long. Purplish coloration with yellow bands and darker stripes.


Forest, on stinging nettles.

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LaurenZarate 6 years ago

What a striking color for a caterpillar! Great find.

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

Thanks ingrid and Jason. I was really surprised find such a colorful caterpillar almost out of nowhere

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago


Ingrid3 6 years ago

adorable little guy!

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

Thanks Dan and Sckel! I think I found the ID. Lycia ursaria looks very similar. This one seems more purple though...

Sckel 6 years ago

omg. it's beautiful

dandoucette 6 years ago

Wow! Don't think I've ever seen a purple caterpillar.

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 6 years ago

I will definitely take a closer look at the stinging nettles. Normally I try to stay away from them:)

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

Thanks Stephanie! Yea, last winter flipping through some of my moth and butterfly guilds I realized that nettles are host plant to tons of different species. Found this Linden Looper Moth Cat on nettles too.

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 6 years ago

Beautiful photos Logan! I will be checking out the stinging nettles in my area!

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Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jun 4, 2014
Submitted on Jun 14, 2014

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