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Imperial Moth Caterpillar (18)
tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
I was racking my brain out trying to properly identify this caterpillar. I had never seen this particular type before and was stunned to find it munching on our pine tree needles. Yuck...they must have a pretty strong breath odor:(

The biggest problem with identifying the caterpillar of the Imperial Moth is that it has a number of color phases. The two main colors are a black-orange form or a green-yellow form with slight variations also found.

I believe this particular caterpillar was getting ready to pupate due to the very long silk like hairs covering its body. The photos I looked at in my guide book showed the hairs quite a bit shorter and there were four color phases.

I frantically searched the web until I came up with a photo just like mine, in which it was identified as an Imperial Moth Caterpillar. Problem solved!!!

I will post a second image in a WS.

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tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)
Same caterpillar
Edited by:tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 281 N: 4931] (19883)

Same caterpillar