Caterpillars of the Noctuid moth

The caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga) are usually found among the pods of Gungo peas (Pigeon peas); the gungo peas tree is one of their host plants. caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga)These caterpillars usually show polymorphism –  where there is a discontinuous genetic variation resulting in the occurrence of two different forms or types of caterpillars in the specie.

These caterpillars are either green or brown, and they seem to crawl with a distinct bending of their bodies.caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga)caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga)See final two photos:caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga) caterpillars of the Noctuid moth (Heliothis phloxphaga)

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