Common Buckeye Butterfly Caterpillar - (Junonia coenia)
The spiny Common Buckeye Caterpillar morphs into a blue-eyed beauty as an adult.
The Common Buckeye Butterfly Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
spiky; orange head; brown head; multicolored head; black body; white specks; blue dots; spots; black branching bristles; white orange feet legs.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Common Buckeye Butterfly Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.