Insect and Bug ID forum: What kind of caterpillar is this?

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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Jun 19, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Found this on one of my hollyhocks. There are holes in some of the leaves and I figured this critter has been eating my plants.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jun 19, 2017 3:43 PM CST
It could be the larva of a sawfly. Need a photo that is more clear, thanks.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 19, 2017 9:01 PM CST
Cabbage looper (Trichoplusia ni)? Does its body kinda arch up as it crawls?
Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Jun 20, 2017 5:32 AM CST
Yep, the body does arch up as it crawls.
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purpleinopp
Jun 20, 2017 7:37 AM CST
AKA "inchworm" Usually found measuring the marigolds, but just as often caught eating about anything. AKA bird food.
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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Jun 20, 2017 6:44 PM CST
Purpleinopp,

Aren't inchworms small and skinny? This worm/caterpillar is almost 2 inches long and maybe 1/4 inch wide.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jun 21, 2017 7:10 AM CST
Maybe I think it's a more generic nickname than other people? IDK.

Every time I come to this post, I start hearing the inchworm song in my head.
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tx_flower_child
Jun 21, 2017 11:34 PM CST
2 inches long? So I guess that would change the lyrics a little to the inchworm song.

Seriously tho. Does it have any markings on it? Looks like a bit of a white stripe. Loopers can get kinda big but I don't recall seeing one as big as you're saying.

But wait! Check out this link. The author says ' about 2 inches'.
http://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/g...

Is that your caterpillar?
Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Jun 22, 2017 7:20 PM CST
tx_flower_child,

By golly, I do believe it IS a cabbage loooper. I had picked it off my Hollyhock and dropped it into a cup filled with soapy water. I haven't seen any others since. I looked at photos online and it did have white lines on it. I also saw this moth on my deck and I think it is a Cabbage Looper Moth. At least it looks like a lot of the pics online. I had never seen a moth quite like this one before.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jun 23, 2017 5:08 AM CST
Hollyhock is listed as a host of the cabbage looper. It would be helpful to see more of its head, and a view of the whole caterpillar from the top and from the side.

MikeMMc
Feb 2, 2018 1:05 PM CST
What's this xaterpillar in my Tesco roses??


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Name: Sue
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sooby
Feb 2, 2018 1:20 PM CST
Welcome!

Are you in the UK and the roses are from a Tesco store (cut flowers?). It would help if you could get the caterpillar out and onto a sheet of plain white paper for a picture so we can see the whole insect including the head (which is at the other end).

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