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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Confused Meganola (Meganola minuscula)

JPG-Photo of Confused Meganola

Light brown, mottled, with tufts of setae borne on wartlike protuberances. Dorsum with middorsal dark stripe. Thoracic shield dark laterally, usually with white spot along back margin. Dorsum of second and third thoracic, and third, seventh, and eighth abdominal segments often darkened, contrasting with hoary adjacent segments. Lateral setal tufts with 1 very long black hair. There are no prolegs on third abdominal segment in Meganola and related (noliine) noctuids. Food: oaks. Caterpillar: May to September; at least 2 generations.

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