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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Giant Leopard Moth (Ecpantheria scribonia)

JPG-Photo of Giant Leopard Moth

Large caterpillar densely covered with black coarse setae of 1 length. Like woolly bear, rolls up with head held to rear when disturbed. In this posture, red intersegmental rings conspicuous. Spiracles orange or red. Food: polyphagous on low-growing plants, and many forest trees and shrubs. Caterpillar: overwinters, August to May; 1 generation in North.

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