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Castor Semi-Looper

Achaea janata

Notes:

Eating my Roses!

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7 Comments

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Thanks Ken.. that looks like it! We have Castor plants around the creek!

kwalker
kwalker 9 years ago

No - the caterpillar of that geometrid has been described as: "These Caterpillars camouflage themselves with buds and flowers of the the plant on which they are feeding. They are actually pinkish brown with a dark dorsal line, but have flanges along the back to which their disguises are attached."

I think I have found something close to your caterpillar:

Achaea janata

Follow this link:

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au...

sy Ken

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

So this is the caterpillar of this http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/638... one???

wonju.brian
wonju.brian 9 years ago

Thanks!

kwalker
kwalker 9 years ago

Sphinx moth larvae have only a single horn along the longitudinal midline whereas Geometrid larvae have 2 smaller, lateral horns.

Cheers Ken

wonju.brian
wonju.brian 9 years ago

Some type of sphinx moth caterpillar? It has what looks like a horn on its posterior.

kwalker
kwalker 9 years ago

A looper caterpillar of the family Geometridae

Christiane
Spotted by
Christiane

4671, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 16, 2011
Submitted on Jun 10, 2011

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