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Subject: some kind of big egg sac or coccoon
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio
May 24, 2015 10:07 pm
Do you know what this is? It is about 5 inches in length. I found it under a railing on my deck. Should I be scared of it? It is right where my family sits and relaxes. I do not like to kill anything but I am very scared of spiders. I doubt it is a spider sac because of the texture of it.
Signature: FreddieAnitaBell

Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Dear FreddieAnitaBell,
This is the cocoon of a Cecropia Moth, and it passed the entire winter unnoticed on your deck railing.  Now that warm weather has arrived, the adult moth should emerge soon, and if you are vigilant and lucky, you may get to witness the Cecropia Moth that emerges.

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Subject: Not sure what this is…
Location: Rowan County, NC USA
May 24, 2015 4:23 pm
I found this chrysalis buried under my leaves today and I’m not sure exactly what it is…could be a regal moth, imperial moth, black witch moth or dozens of other types of moths. I’m sure its a moth though. Is there any insight you could give me on what this actually could be?
Signature: A. Boger

Imperial Moth Pupa

Imperial Moth Pupa

Dear A. Boger,
Because of the spiny tip on the abdomen, we believe this is an Imperial Moth Pupa, and you can verify our suspicion on BugGuide.

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Subject: Beautiful chrysalis
Location: Belleville, MI
May 24, 2015 4:17 pm
Dear Bugman: Wanted to share my son’s photo of a beautiful chrysalis he found. It was on a sign in an area park. Never seen one so beautifully patterned. We looked it up and found similar pictures and believe this will become a Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly.
Signature: MI Bugmama

Baltimore Checkerspot Chrysalis

Baltimore Checkerspot Chrysalis

Dear MI Bugmama,
We are in total agreement with you that this is the chrysalis of the Baltimore Checkerspot,
Euphydryas phaeton, and you can see that it is a perfect match for this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio USA
May 24, 2015 2:47 pm
I found this bug crawling on my shoulder and have never seen one that looks like this. I live in Bowling Green, Ohio and was curious what it is. I heard about a kind of caterpillar that will bite and leave welts. I have children and want to make sure this bug is not harmful. Thank you so much in advance.
Signature: Stephanie P

Filament Bearer

Filament Bearer

Dear Stephanie,
This Inchworm in the family Geometridae is a Filament Bearer or Horned Spanworm in the genus
Nematocampa which you can verify on BugGuide.  In our opinion, this is not a harmful species.

Thank you so much for the speedy answer! I feel a lot better now that I know what it is and that it is harmless! Stephanie

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Subject: Caterpillar ID help please
Location: Manzano Mtns, New Mexico
May 24, 2015 8:06 am
A friend sent me these pics of a caterpillar, asking for ID help and I have no idea what it is. Can you help? Thank you.
Signature: A. Wakefield

Pandora Moth Caterpillar

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar

Dear A. Wakefield,
We originally identified your caterpillar as a Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar,
Coloradia pandora, on the World’s Largest Saturniidae site, and then found a matching image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on the leaves (“needles”) of various species of pine (Pinus). Particular host records include: Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Jeffrey pine (P. jeffreyi), lodgepole pine (P. contorta), sugar pine (P. lambertiana), pinyon pine (P. edulis), and Coulter pine (P. coulteri).   Adults do not feed.”

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar

Pandora Pine Moth Caterpillar

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Subject: Unknown Bug
Location: Limbazi, Latvia
May 20, 2015 6:56 am
We found this bug last year in our garden.
I’d be really interested to know what it is.
Signature: Andrew Doxsey

Probably Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Probably Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Andrew,
This appears to be some species of Tussock Moth Caterpillar, and there is an image of a Scarce Vapourer Caterpillar on UK Moths that looks very similar.

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