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Helicoverpa Caterpillar
23-SEP-2012 Lejun

Helicoverpa Caterpillar

Copyright Lewis Scharpf

Possibly H. zea (Corn earworm moth)Hodges #11068
The larva is variable in color; see http://bugguide.net/node/view/5718
It is reported to be very difficult to separate early instars from H. virescens (Tobacco Budworm Moth)
See paper from University of Florida Entomology: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/field/tobacco_budworm.htm

Nikon COOLPIX S8200
1/100s f/4.5 at 14.1mm iso100 full exif

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