Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Common Sootywing Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Pholisora catullus
Description: The caterpillars have a black
head and a pale green body with light flecks.
Chrysalis: Light brown to dark brown with
a grayish bloom over much of the body.
Host Plants: Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album),
amaranths (Amaranthus), and cockscomb (Celosia).
Habitat: Open or disturbed areas such as landfills,
vacant lots, gardens, roadsides, fields, and pastures.
Comments: Green caterpillar with black head and
narrow black "collar."
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
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How does this magic happen? Learn about metamorphosis - the process of transformation from an
immature form to an adult bitterfly.