Specimen: Ctenucha virginica caterpillar
Date: September 24, 2017
Location: Pine Haven Campground, Wesport, Ontario
Observations: We discovered this caterpillar climbing a stalk in a small wild garden. It was quick moving and difficult to photograph due to the wind. We didn’t want to disturb it by moving it, especially since we didn’t know anything about it.
The ctenucha virginica moth is endemic to eastern North America. It undergoes metamorphosis in July to August. We spotted this caterpillar in late September, but the summer of 2017 had a very late start and September was unseasonably hot.
This caterpillar was photographed in its found location and was left undisturbed.