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Spiny Elm Caterpillar

Family Nymphalidae

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Spiny Elm Caterpillar (Nymphalis antiopa)

Spiny Elm Caterpillar (Nymphalis antiopa)

USDA Forest Service - Ogden Archive, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

About this Caterpillar:

Though most stinging caterpillars become moths, this prickly larva will one day be a beautiful mourning cloak butterfly. Spiny elm caterpillars live and feed in groups.

Where It's Found:

Wetlands, forest edges, and even city parks from northern Florida over to Texas, and north well into Canada.

What It Eats:

Elm (surprise!), birch, hackberry, willow, and poplar.

Group:

Brushfoot Butterflies (Family Nymphalidae)

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