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."