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Caterpillar 06-10-06 | by wanderingnome
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Caterpillar 06-10-06

Based on a link provided by Anita Gould, members.aol.com/gardb/Mojave/pages/09fvacslarva_3667.html , I believe this is a Variable Checkerspot caterpillar. It is reminiscent of the Mourning Cloak caterpillar, and the checkerspots are in the Brushfoot category. It is also on one of the food plants (Bush Monkeyflower) of checkerspot larvae.

 

View full grown butterfly here: farm1.static.flickr.com/55/173619166_8dcb2e5332_b.jpg

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Taken on June 11, 2006