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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Lacecapped Caterpillar (Oligocentria lignicolor) [White-streaked Prominent]

JPG-Photo of Lacecapped Caterpillar

Green with distinctive pattern of brown and white mottling. Head with lacelike patterning. Thorax lime green except for narrow dorsal triangle of brown. Anterior abdominal segments with brown saddle extending down to prolegs; white lateral patch around spiracle on seventh abdominal segment; forward projecting horn on first abdominal; and humped eighth abdominal segment. Similar Schizura species bear chevronlike marks over sixth and seventh abdominal segments and have differently patterned head capsules. Food: many forest trees and shrubs. Caterpillar: June to October; 2 generations.

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