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Bug of the Week - November 14, 2012

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Bug of the Week - November 14, 2012

I've had a lot of people ask me to identify photos of this critter lately, so I thought it would make a good Bug of the Week challenge. Do you know what species this is? Leave your answer in a comment by next Tuesday.

Moni and Jeff correctly identified the American snout butterfly, Libytheana carinenta. The "snout" is actually a pair of elongated palps. The American snout butterfly will perch on a branch and pose as a dead leaf. It extends its antennae and palps to resemble the leaf petiole. Pretty clever!

Photo: Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org


November 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm
(1) Moni says:

Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar – Antheraea polyphemus

November 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm
(2) Jeff says:

It is a Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar(Antheraea polyphemus)

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