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What is this brown catipillar with white stripes and two black spots near the head in Loveland, Colorado?

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I was riding my bike today and I saw a number of these brown caterpillars with white strips and black spots near the head crossing the sidewalk. (Penny for scale)

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Does anyone know what kind of caterpillar this is?

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I'm not 100%, but I am going to call that a yellow striped armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli. These things seem to be widely distributed and very common; I've seen them frequently in my travels but never bothered to look it up until today.

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Here's what it becomes as an adult:

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