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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Early Zanclognatha (Polypogon cruralis)

JPG-Photo of Early Zanclognatha

Yellowish tan or brown with pink cast, abdomen thickened, and each segment with transverse creasing. Head rough with mottling and brownish spots. Body with network of reddish patterning. There are more than 10 other eastern zanclognathas of which this species may be representative. Food: dead leaves, lichens, and other organic matter. Caterpillar: overwinters, thus nearly year-round; 2 generations in South, 1 in North.

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