Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Neat Caterpillar on Gregg's Mistflower

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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Sep 7, 2016 12:17 PM CST
I was wondering if anyone could identify this caterpillar on my Gregg's mistflower? It looks just like the blooms.
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GrammaChar
Sep 7, 2016 12:27 PM CST
I don't have a clue - but hoping someone will know the answer. What an incredible caterpillar AND photo!!!
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Name: Melanie Long
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mellielong
Sep 7, 2016 12:29 PM CST

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It's one of those caterpillars that uses flowers as camo. Hang on, let me Google.
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Sep 7, 2016 12:30 PM CST
Thanks GrammaChar! I thought it was a faded flower at first but then I saw it moving and couldn't believe it. Hilarious!
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Sep 7, 2016 12:30 PM CST
Thanks Mellielong!
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 7, 2016 12:34 PM CST

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I think it's the Wavy-lined Emerald Caterpillar (Synchlora aerata).
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Sep 7, 2016 12:39 PM CST
Thanks mellielong! That's amazing and incredibly clever. I've never seen a caterpillar like this before
Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Sep 7, 2016 12:48 PM CST

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They're pretty awesome, and I think all caterpillars are awesome!
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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Sep 7, 2016 1:10 PM CST
I have a new found appreciation for caterpillars now. I have tons of Gulf Fritillary caterpillars on my passion vine.

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