help identifying caterpillar!

Tue Oct 10 10:25:12 EDT 2000

> Shulamis,
>  You saw the caterpillar of the Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae. 
> Not only a nice looking caterpillar, but a nice looking butterfly as
> well.  And, as you surmised, quite common in Florida.

	As was suggested, it is possible that you saw the caterpillar of 
Syntomeida epilais, but this is an orange caterpillar with *tufts of 
hair*, not "spikes" as you suggest.  The Gulf Fritillary has the 

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