Caterpillar ID?

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Caterpillar ID?
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Can anyone identify this caterpillar? I’ve found the gulf fritillary in the same area as this one but this looks different.

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Lando Aug 12, 2019 06:42 PM
Caterpillar ID?

Hmm, I found this at work and I don't believe we have any of those trees on site... weird.

a-1568867060 Aug 12, 2019 10:31 PM
Caterpillar ID?

If Mourning cloak caterpillars are anything like Monarch caterpillars, they will crawl (quickly, too) an amazing distance sometimes when trying to find the right spot to hook onto for their chrysalis. Maybe this little guy you found had come over 100'.

a-1568867060 Aug 10, 2019 05:05 PM
Caterpillar ID?

Wow. Lucky you, to have Mourning cloaks nearby. I LOVE these butterflies. Here's a list of plants that these caterpillars feed on. I hope you can return the caterpillar to one of them. If the 'pillar is ready to go into chrysalis, it will soon find its way to a suitable spot: "The caterpillar of the mourning cloak feeds in groups on the leaves of deciduous trees, including the willow, elm, hackberry, aspen, cottonwood, poplar, rose, birch, hawthorne, and mulberry." (@SOAPBOX: Great job with the i.d.)

SoapBox Aug 10, 2019 02:11 PM
Caterpillar ID?

Looks like Nymphalis antiopa: The Mourning Cloak Butterfly

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