Azalea Caterpillar

8/24/2011 10:48:20 PM

The mature Azalea Caterpillar larvae is 2 inches in length and can be recognized by the red head, the red last segment and the broken yellow (occasionally white) lengthwise stripes. When it is disturbed, the caterpillar raises its front and rear ends into the air. (Photo courtesy of the University of Florida IFAS)

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The azalea caterpillar is often found on azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) and, sometimes,blueberries. Often, the caterpillars completely defoliate much of the plant before they are detected. While the caterpillar appears hairy, it is harmless to humans and can be picked off the bushes by hand.


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