Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Brown Elfin Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Callaphrys augustinus
Description: Yellow green with pale yellow
dashes and a yellow lateral stripe.
Chrysalis: Brown and pellet-shaped.
Host Plants: Members of the heath family (Ericaceae),
including sugar huckleberry (Vaccinium vacillans) and Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum). Many
other plants including madrone (Arbutus) and dodder (Cuscuta).
Habitat: Mixed conifer woods, barrens, bogs,
sandy coasts, chaparral.
Comments: The Brown Elfin caterpillar is yellow-green
with pale yellow dashes and a yellow lateral stripe.
Caterpillars come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Some caterpillars are quite hairy,
while others are smooth. Despite differences between species, though, all caterpillars
share certain morphological features.
Take this quick quiz and see how much you know about caterpillars. This quiz is intended for fun, in
a random-facts-can-be-cool kind of way.
How does this magic happen? Learn about metamorphosis - the process of transformation from an
immature form to an adult bitterfly.