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Date notes: Caterpillar first observed in late July, 2013. Host Plant plumeria pudica (bridal veil). I have contained caterpillar and continued to feed. It has grown from 2 to over three inches long in about 10 days. It has shed its skin once and ate the cast, all but what covered the head and tail. The tail moves and swings around when caterpillar is disturbed. I tried to identify its species on discoverlife.org but when I entered "banded" for body pattern, "none" for hair density, and "tail" for distinct features it came back that it did not exist.
Submitted by: dennie
Specimen type: Photograph
Observation notes: Caterpillar found on Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada, FL. Weather is subtropical, hot and humid this time of year. Never any frost. Host plant is plumeria pudica (bridal veil).