Breaking News: Caterpillar Identified As Eight-Spotted Forester
It’s been two years, but now I know this is an Eight-Spotted Forester Caterpillar. I received a link to a post on Insects in the City with a photo and details. According to the post they feed on “wild grape, Virginia creeper and Ampelopsis (pepper vine, raccoon grape, etc.)”. The one I found was chowing down on wild grape and there’s a tasty Virginia Creeper just a few feet away.
The post also had a link to the resulting eight-spotted forester moth, which answers my next question. Where did it get the name “eight-spotted” when the caterpillar has way more than eight spots. The black moth has eight white spots… looks rather like a domino. Now that I know what to look for I’ll see if I can find a moth.
Thanks to my reader and the Texas A & M Agrilife Extension for providing this information.
Here’s the original post with my pictures.
For a couple of years a volunteer grapevine has taken hold in front of my porch. It usually goes toward the roof and I cut it back a couple of times a summer. This year I pulled the leftovers down to the porch and new growth is spreading across my screen door. Today I found two little caterpillars there.
At first glance it looks like a little tan twig. Up close, it’s mostly white with thin black horizontal stripes and rows of black dots. My first thought was swallowtail butterfly, but the images I found don’t match.