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Trichordestra legitima Feeding on Helianthus giganteus. Fall,Geotagged,Lepidoptera,Striped Garden Caterpillar,Trichordestra legitima,United States,insect,moth Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Nice shot! Posted 5 months ago
    1. I noticed some antennae (?) between the eyes and mouth. These were moving over the leaf maybe to taste it. Posted 5 months ago
      1. Neat! I hadn't noticed, but you're right - I see the antennae right below the stemmata. It's ironic that caterpillars have so many eyes, albeit simple ones, and yet they have poor vision and rely on their antennae to sniff out food. Posted 5 months ago
  2. Beautifully composed, Gary! Posted 5 months ago

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The Striped Garden Caterpillar is a moth of the Noctuidae family. It is found in eastern North America, from Newfoundland to Florida, west to Texas, north to Saskatchewan.

The wingspan is 25–39 mm. Adults are on wing from June to September. There is one generation per year.

The larvae feed on wide range of woody and herbaceous plants, including asparagus, aster, bean, broomrape, cherry, clover, dogbane, goldenrod, grasses, milkweed, mustard, pea, pokeweed, raspberry, tobacco,.. more

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Gary B
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Uploaded Sep 24, 2019. Captured Sep 24, 2019 12:33 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/5.6
  • 1/128s
  • ISO100
  • 100mm