Croton caterpillar, Achaea janata (Linnaeus), (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
Found this little beastie munching on one of our croton plants the other day. Here in Hawaii it is aptly named the Croton Caterpillar, but I guess in other parts of the world it goes by the moniker “Castor Oil Semi-looper.” Don’t know much about this handsome insect, other than 1) the species name, Achaea janata (Linnaeus); 2) the family, Noctuidae; and 3) it eats crotons and evidently castor bean plants. I did manage to get a few mediocre pics, so here they are:
I’m trying to rear this guy out to an adult, so if I’m successful, I’ll update this post with some pics of the moth.