This caterpillar is called Tinolius eburneigutta. I've only seen one other caterpillar with tassles like this one, and that was on a "paddle caterpillar" in Illinois, the juvenile version of the funerary dagger moth. Tinolius eburneigutta is also a moth, but although it's referred to as a "semi-looper" because of the way it walks, it isn't really a member of the Geometridae family of "looper" moths. Source: richard-seaman.com
Green-Perched Looper (J. Stiefel) wrote.. Whoever assigned its scientific name, must have seen what I did. Diachrysia is from the Greek prefix, dia, meaning "through, throughout, during, over, across," and the Greek word, chrysos, meaning "gold, gold-colored"; balluca, is from the Greek word, ballo, meaning "to throw, emit," and the Latin word, lucis, meaning "light."
Congrats to new Gold Loopers Paul & Stephanie, who crossed their wake in Fort Myers in November after cruising the Great Loop for eight months! "Along the way we met wonderful people, were ever impressed with the enormity of this country of ours and the history she embraces. We counted 111 locks and 14 states in a journey we will never forget." www.GreatLoop.org