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Asteroid Caterpillar (purple)

Cucullia asteroides


Approximately 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 inches. Purple Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar. Feeds primarily on Goldenrod or Aster. Leaves and flowers


Meadow in the Poconos


I tried to correct a problem with the color due to it was set on indoor instead of sunny outdoors. Photo is not color enhanced. I found 3 or 4 green asteroids, 1 purple, 1 red, and 1, possibly 2 yellow.

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alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Beautiful caterpillars!

CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

Stranger yet, I did a google search on yellow asteroid Caterpillars and no one seems to have a photo except mine here at Project Noah. Same with the red one. That is weird. Still searching though.

dandoucette 7 years ago

Love the stripes on this! I like your second photo the best. That's cool that you find so many of these.

Pennsylvania, USA

Lat: 40.87, Long: -75.60

Spotted on Oct 16, 2011
Submitted on Nov 15, 2011

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