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Caterpillars of Eastern Forests

Grapevine Epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis)


JPG-Photo of Grapevine Epimenis

Lacking much orange thoracic and abdominal banding of related agaristine noctuids—orange color most pronounced on head, thoracic shield, and eighth abdominal segment. Usually 4 black bands per segment. Diffuse orange patch above prolegs with circular black spot. Caterpillar feeds from within shelter fashioned by drawing up edges of leaf. Food: grapes. Caterpillar: late April to June; 1 generation.


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