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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Common Metarranthis (Metarranthis hypochraria)

JPG-Photo of Common Metarranthis

Elongate, straw, orange, tan, or brown stick mimic, with venter bearing pale stripes. Front of head abruptly flattened and darkened. Subventral region of first 6 abdominal segments undulated. Raised tubercles on dorsum of eighth abdominal segment, followed by smaller set on ninth. Other setae arise from slightly raised warts. Often with small pale dorsal spots near anterior margin of second abdominal segment. Spiracles small, dark and rounded. Several other Metarranthis occur in East with similar caterpillars. Food: many trees and shrubs, especially cherries. Caterpillar: June to July; 1 generation.

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