Wisconsin Native Caterpillars
Pearl Crescent Caterpillar
Genus-Species: Phyciodes tharos
Description: Dark brown to charcoal gray with
lateral cream stripes and many short, branched spines
Chrysalis: Mottled brown, tan,or gray brown.
Host Plants: Several species of smooth-leaved true
asters including Aster pilosus, A. texanus, and A. laevis.
Habitat: Open areas such as pastures, road edges,
vacant lots, fields, open pine woods.
Comments: Caterpillars are blackish-brown with a
cream-yellow stripe down their sides and blackish to yellowish branched spines covering
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.