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Redhumped Caterpillar: Aptly Named

Redhumped caterpillars on a Western redbud tree in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How appropriate are many of the common names of insects! Take the immature form (caterpillar) of the moth, Schizura concinna, family Notodontidae.  We first spotted this caterpillar on our Western redbud tree (Cercis occidentalis) in September 2010. It has a red hump. The common name: The...

Redhumped caterpillars on a Western redbud tree in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Redhumped caterpillars on a Western redbud tree in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Redhumped caterpillars on a Western redbud tree in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Skeltonized redbud leaf--damage done by a redhumped caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Skeltonized redbud leaf--damage done by a redhumped caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Skeltonized redbud leaf--damage done by a redhumped caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee nectaring on a Western redbud blooming in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee nectaring on a Western redbud blooming in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee nectaring on a Western redbud blooming in April. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Once Upon a Time...

Redhumped Caterpillar

Once upon a time, there was a redhumped caterpillar gorging on the leaves of a redbud tree. For three days, the hungry caterpillar gobbled the leaves, like an insect version of Pac-Man. It snipped, shredded and skeletonized the leaves and then went for more. On the fourth day, it lay motionless,...

Redhumped Caterpillar
Redhumped Caterpillar

REDHUMPED CATERPILLAR gorges on the leaves of a redbud tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

No More
No More

THIS redhumped caterpillar never made it to a redhumped caterpillar moth. A spider and an army of Argentine ants made sure of that. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 8:05 PM

This Red(bud's) for You

Redhumped Caterpillars

There's a whole lot of crunchin' going on. The redhumped caterpillar has discovered our redbud tree, which it considers an "all-you-can" buffet. Now this is a voracious eater on the same scale of a fellow named Joey "Jaws" Chestnut. Seconds? Yes, please.Thirds? Of course.Fourths? Definitely.Well,...

Redhumped Caterpillars
Redhumped Caterpillars

REDHUMPED CATERPILLARS dining on a leaf of a redbud tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Skeletonized Leaf
Skeletonized Leaf

SKELETONIZED LEAF of a redbud tree damaged by redhumped caterpillars. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 8:48 PM
 
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