Butterflies and Moths of North America

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  Sighting 1162233

Common Hyppa
Hyppa xylinoides

Observation date: June 13, 2018
Submitted by: ronnieb
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: This larva was found inside my house, and I am not sure what plant it should be placed on. I currently have it in a terrarium in the shade, but I would like to release it into the wild as soon as possible so it can continue it's growing process and mature. I don't want to recklessly throw it onto a random plant if there is any way I can determine it's proper host. I've perused the internet and looked through a whole book about Ohio butterflies, and found nothing that compares to this caterpillar. The body is a greenish-brown (the brown has a golden highlight in the sun. Almost like bronze), with faint blue/green highlights that form what appears to be a diamondback pattern. The head is amber colored. It has a smooth body, with no apparent hairs/horns/spikes/etc. Faint cream-white streaks are on the sides of its body. The weather is partly cloudy today, and there is a chance of rain.
Status: Resident
Verified by: jwileyrains
Verified date: February 09, 2022
Coordinator notes: None.
Checklist region(s): United States, Ohio, Cuyahoga County