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I found this caterpillar in in El Cerrito, CA and was wondering what kind it is?

mystery caterpillar

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Best assumption, Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar (Agraulis vanillae). I could be wrong though.

The larva is a caterpillar which grows to approximately 4 cm (1.6 in) in length. It is bright orange in color and covered in rows of black spines. The spines are soft to the touch and do not sting, but the larva is poisonous if eaten. Source: Wikipedia.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! The caterpillar looks like a close match and the adult butterflies do too! $\endgroup$ – Ben Mar 10 '15 at 23:03

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