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Caterpillars of Pacific Northwest
Forests and Woodlands

Phryganidia californica [Dioptidae]

Two middorsal white bands bordered in purple; yellow subdorsal and spiracular bands separated by a grey-purple band bordered in black; transverse black stripe on T1, A1, and A8; A5 with a middorsal black spot; tan head with faint tint of orange. This species is common and on occasion considered a pest. It feeds on white oak and chinquapin during fall, winter, and spring.

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