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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Northern Pine Looper (Caripeta piniata)

JPG-Photo of Northern Pine Looper

Reddish brown, occasionally with faint spiracular patches or stripe; without prominent warting, but creased and with numerous low swellings especially along sides, gradually thickening to back. Head rounded, mottled with blacks, grays, and tans; antennae long. Apical portion of claws darkened. Two other Caripeta also occur on conifers in the East; also similar to large purplish gray (Anacamptodes vellivolata) —it has crochets in 1 group, whereas Caripeta has crochets arranged in 2 groups. Food: pines and spruces. Caterpillar: July to October; 1 or 2 generations.

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