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Polyphemus caterpillar

Antheraea polyphemus

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Aster leafhopper

Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org


Size: 3 - 3 1/2 inches long

Description: Pale green with sparse long hairs along the top and sides of the abdomen.

Where/When: Can be found on many different deciduous trees and shrubs, including ash, birch, maple, oak, and willow. It has also been known to eat grape leaves. Commonly seen during August and September.

Significance: Feeding essentially is never severe enough to injure trees; turns into attractive Polyphemus moth.

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