Hodges # 7058
Caterpillar foods: many plants – often composite flowers but also many other flowering plants, shrubs and trees (Bugguide)
These are very common visitors to my lights.
Came to lights – 7/30/2010
The caterpillars decorate their bodies with pieces of plants – usually flower petals – for camouflage. I found one of the caterpillars on some White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) next to our front door. It’s extremely small – maybe 1/4 inch long – so I had a hard time getting a reasonable photo.
9/20/2014 Caterpillar on Sky-blue Aster (Aster oolentangiensis)