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Second Generation of Brown-hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillars Active

In the Northeast, Brown-hooded Owlet moths (Cucullia convexipennis) produce two generations a summer. The larvae of the first generation mature in July, and the second generation matures from late August into October. Brown-hooded Owlet larvae are often found on aster and goldenrod plants, resting on stems (often head down) in plain sight during the day. First generation larvae feed on the leaves and the second generation consumes the flowers of these plants. (Photo: note molted skin above caterpillar.)

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2 responses

  1. Alice

    They are so beautiful! That must have taken a lot of wiggling to get the old skin off. Several years ago there were two on Goldenrod right next to the deck, I had no idea what they were, but ID’d from a caterpillar book and got some good photos…one (or 2) of the stripes was more reddish. With lots of Goldenrod here, I’m always on the look out for them.

    October 2, 2019 at 8:00 am

  2. Ellen Kitchel

    Wow! Cool looking caterpillar!

    Sent from my iPhone


    October 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm

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