Wisconsin Native Caterpillars

American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) caterpillar

Gray Comma Caterpillar

Genus-Species: Polygonia progne

Host Plants: Gooseberries (Ribes) and azalea (Rhododendron).

Habitat: Along dirt roads, along streamsides, and within clearings in rich deciduous or confierous woods, in aspen parks, yards, and gardens. Often in hilly terrain or canyons.

Comments: Caterpillars are yellowish brown with dark markings. The spines are blackish.

Adult Butterfly Profile
Bog Fritillary, Boloria eunomia

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Caterpillar Quiz

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.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus

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