Is this a Ruddy Dagger caterpillar. I found it on my Brown turkey fig tree in Fort Lauderdale fl.
Yes, it is the ruddy daggerwing caterpillar which is a butterfly caterpillar.
Not to be confused with the ruddy dagger caterpillar which turns into a moth 🙂
This insect is found mostly in FL tho is occasionally found in southern TX and other southern tips of the US…mostly a tropical insect.
Adults feed on nectar from a variety of plants while the larvae do feed on fig as you found out.
They are usually found on the native FL fig called the strangler fig (Ficus aurea). This fig is in ‘hardwood hammock’ lowland forests of FL.
The larvae and butterfly are really spectacular in color!
Thanks for sharing such an good photo and interesting insect with us!!