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Funerary Dagger - Hodges#9221

Acronicta funeralis


About an 1 1/4 inch long caterpillar. "Velvet" black body with "lip" shaped patterns. Patterns are orange on tips an white in the center with a black stripe in it.


Unknown plant


Found while volunteering at a kids nature camp.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Funerary Dagger Moth Caterpillar
Acronicta funeralis Species Acronicta funeralis - Funerary Dagger - Hodges#9221 - BugGuide.Net

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eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 6 years ago

Very interesting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great cattie Lucky !

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

It really is! Back when I started on PN (before I knew anything about the world outside my house/yard) I would have never believed it was found here, a place not tropical and exotic.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 6 years ago

WOW! Great caterpillar.

KeithRoragen 6 years ago

No worries. It kind of looks like ash, but it looks like these dagger moth caterpillars feed on a variety of tree foliage.

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

@LauraMaria They do look like cowry shells!

@Sckel Bob the Caterpillar seems like a fitting name.

@Gilma It is indeed! Definitely a fun find.

Beautiful caterpillar, LuckyLogan

Sckel 6 years ago

Very nice Caterpillar. I think It does not like that name. let's call him Bob the Caterpillar.

LauraMaria 6 years ago

That's really neat, a pretty wild caterpillar. Looks like it has cowry shells on its back! Kudos to the kid that found it, maybe you should get them to sign up ;D

LuckyLogan 6 years ago

Hey Keith, thanks for the ID. Do not know which plant. But if I get a chance, I will go back and take some picture of the leaves.

Thanks Stephanie, but I can't take credit for finding this one. Some kids at a camp I'm volunteering at found it. :)

Stephanie R.
Stephanie R. 6 years ago

Beautiful photos! You find the most interesting looking caterpillars Logan!

KeithRoragen 6 years ago

That's awesome. I've never seen anything like it. Do you know the plant it is feeding on?

RobThacker 6 years ago

Beautiful caterpiller and series

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Iowa, USA

Spotted on Jun 25, 2014
Submitted on Jun 26, 2014

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