MOTH caterpillars - Group #4
This is a Clouded Crimson caterpillar (a type of Schinia moth), photographed at Huffman Prairie. This species feeds on biennial gaura (also known as biennial beeblossom) in remnant prairies. Their resemblance to Monarch caterpillars might not be accidental: some people think that Clouded Crimson caterpillars mimic the poisonous Monarch caterpillars to avoid being eaten by birds. Adult Clouded Crimson moths are gorgeous pink-and-white creatures. I have yet to find one of the adult moths.
Henry's Marsh Moth. These are very beautiful and distinctive caterpillars. Despite the "marsh" name, they are not restricted solely to wetlands. I have found these caterpillars in several locations throughout our area, including both wetlands and dry prairies.
Eight-spotted Forester Moth caterpillar. I found this guy feeding on his host plant, wild grapevine, at Koogler Reserve in Beavercreek. These caterpillars turn into pretty, little day-flying moths.
White-dotted Prominent moth. Unlike the rather uncommon Clouded Crimson (above), White-dotted Prominents are one of our most common moth species. Photographed at Grant Park in Centerville.
Snowberry Clearwing moth. Caterpillars in the sphinx moth family have a single "horn" at the posterior end. They are often called hornworms for this reason. This Snowberry Clearwing caterpillar will turn into a beautiful day-flying moth that resembles a bumblebee. Photographed along the Great Miami River, just south of Miamisburg.
Catalpa Sphinx moth. You can see the black "horn" in the upper right corner of this photo. These are beautiful black and yellow caterpillars. Photographed in Springboro.