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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Mottled Gray Cutworm (Abagrotis alternata) [Greater Red Dart]

JPG-Photo of Mottled Gray Cutworm

Brown and tan checkered body with faint dorsal stripe and pale subdorsal and spiracular stripes; spiracular stripe dodging below spiracles and edged with dark brown above. Head brown with black netlike mottling and 2 solid black bands to either side of midline. Dorsum somewhat checkered with alternating dark and pale patches. Food: oaks, cherries, hickories, and other forest trees. Caterpillar: May to June; 1 generation.

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