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Subject: Caterpillar found in Penang Butterfly Farm
Location: Penang, Malaysia
February 6, 2016 4:20 am
Hello, I took this picture in 2011 at Penang Butterfly Farm, Malaysia, early February. I would be ever so grateful if you could identify it. I’ve been searching online and can’t find one that looks like it.
Kind regards,
Signature: Aeve Pomeroy

Caterpillars

Leopard Lacewing Caterpillars

Dear Aeve,
We found your species of caterpillar, also taken at the Penang Butterfly Farm, pictured on the Tennyson Lee blog, but alas, it is not identified.  Onewayticketmsia also has an unidentified image from the Penang Butterfly Farm.  We eventually found the entire life cycle of the Leopard Lacewing,
Cethosia cyane, pictured on the Butterflies of Singapore site, and we are satisfied that is a correct identification.  According to the site:  “The local host plant adopted by Leopard Lacewing as it spread quickly across the island is Passiflora foetida, a member of the Passifloraceae family commonly found in wastelands. In captive setting, the Leopard Lacewing has also been breed succesfully on another plant in the same family, Adenia macrophylla var. singaporeana, a plant which only occurs naturally within the catchment reserves. This might account for the sightings of Leopard Lacewing in some areas of the nature reserves.  The caterpillars of the Leopard Lacwing feed on the leaves, young shoots and outer surface of older stems of the host plant. The Leopard Lacewing caterpillars are gregarious throughout all five instars, often eating (leaves and stems), resting and moulting together in groups.”  According to Butterfly Circle:  “the larvae and adult butterflies display a distinct warning coloration that advertises their unpalatable nature to potential predators. When handled, they often exude a noxious odor generated from the ingested passion vine organic compounds.”

Dear Daniel,
That’s wonderful you have found it! Thank you so much for taking time to do this, and for the information given.
You are welcome to keep the photo and use freely if it is useful for your website, or anything else. I also have a photo of the adult Leopard Lacewing if that might be useful too.
Have a great weekend,
Aeve

 

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Subject: caterpillar from Western Mexico
Location: Lo De Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico
December 14, 2015 11:00 am
I’ve found 4 caterpillars like this on the leaves of a potted Areca Palm. It seems quite flat, has a split tail and has a shield-shaped head with 2 horns at the back. It it is green with a pronounced orange stripe in the center of the back and paler light green strips on either side. This biggest one has very pale orange-ish patterns on the sides as well.
Signature: Sally Vedder

Orange Owl Butterfly Caterpillar

Owl Butterfly Caterpillar

Dear Sally,
We have identified your caterpillar as that of an Orange Owl Butterfly,
Opsiphanes boisduvallii, a species that feeds on palms in the caterpillar stage.

December 14, 2015 1:35 pm
Thanks so much for identifying this caterpillar for me.  We have the Opsiphanes Cassina (Split-Banded Owl Butterfly) here in Nayarit.  I have found several empty pupa cases on the same palms and have seen the butterfly fluttering around that palm.  Thanx again!  Sally V
Signature: Sally Vedder

At least we had the genus correct.

You DID help me to look again into my Wildlife Book of Nayarit and see that yes indeed it was the Cassina.  The photograph in the book was very dark & hard to use.  So thank you VERY MUCH!  This is a great website & as I find puzzling insects & things around my house, I may well visit you again! Thanx again.  Sally V

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Subject: Chrysalis
Location: Veracruz, Mexico, 4,500 ft a.s.l.
November 8, 2015 10:11 pm
Spotted this beauty yesterday morning.
Any idea what it is?
Signature: Bianca Delfosse

Brush Footed Butterfly Chrysalis: Adelpha species????

Butterfly Chrysalis: Adelpha species

Dear Bianca,
We wish you had sent a higher resolution image.  We were relatively certain that this is the Chrysalis of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, so we began a web search with that information.  We found a very similar looking chrysalis identified on FlickR as that of a Common Sergeant,
Athyma perius, but alas, it is from China.  Thinking your individual might be a New World relative, we searched its taxonomy and learned that it is in the tribe Limenitidini which included Admirals, Sisters and Sailors.  We then located a very similar looking chrysalis belonging to the Arizona Sister on Butterflies of America, and then we hit a block with additional similar looking images.  Meanwhile we have contacted Keith Wolfe to see if he can provide any information.  We would still like a higher resolution image.

Hi Daniel,
Sorry about the small file size. Hope these are better (1.1 Mb). Tomorrow I’ll try to get a shot of the back of the chrysalis.
Wow! That’s great progress. I hope the two 1.1 Mb images I sent got through. I’ll try to get one of its back tomorrow.
Bianca

Chrysalis of a Sister Butterfly

Chrysalis of a Sister Butterfly

Keith Wolfe Confirms ID
Hola Bianca and Daniel,
Good job, Bugman!  Indeed a member of the Limenitidini, more specifically Adelpha sp. (A. serpa-group).  With a handful of possibilities for Veracruz, here is one example from further south . . .
http://butterfliesofamerica.com/adelpha_serpa_celerio_immatures3.htm
Saludos,
Keith

…and here’s the best shot I could get of the back of the chrysalis. Let me know if you need a different angle.
B

Sister Chrysalis

Sister Chrysalis

Hi again Bianca,
Thanks for going through all the trouble to get us a view of the other side.  We would love an image of the adult butterfly if you are lucky enough to get a few.

No problem Daniel! I will do my best. I’m curious to see what emerges. 😄
Bianca

Update:  November 30, 2015
Hi Daniel,
I’m sorry to say, I missed it. It was either preyed upon or destroyed by the storm we had a week ago. I skipped two days checking on it because of the storm (high winds, about 8″ of rain, low temps: 40-50F) and when I checked again, the chrysalis was broken in the middle, there was nothing inside  and what was left of it looked a bit rotten. So disappointing!! :(
Hope I spot another one so we can see who’s in there!!
Many thanks for all your help.
Bianca

We are sorry to hear that Bianca.  Keep us posted if there are any future sightings.

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Cape Coral, FL (Southwest Florida)
October 24, 2015 8:08 am
Here is a caterpillar that I found on my strawberry tree that I’m trying to figure out exactly what he is.
Thanks so much!
Signature: Adam

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar

Dear Adam,
We are nearly certain that this is a Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar, but they feed on passionflower.  Is there a passionflower vine growing on or near your strawberry tree?  It appears the caterpillar in your image really is feeding on a leaf, but that is not the typical food for the Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar.  Here is an image from BugGuide of a Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar.

Hello,
My wife sent this incorrectly. This Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar is feeding on the leaves of a passionflower and not on a strawberry tree. You are correct. You guys are amazing.
Thank you!
Adam

Actually, I stand corrected. I have taken pictures of this bug on my passionflowers but this is on a shrub. They feed on the leaves of a certain shrub common to Southwest Florida.
Regards

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Subject: bug sucking on a monarch caterpillar
Location: SE Wisconsin
August 3, 2015 5:34 pm
Dear Bugman,
We have swamp milkweed in front of my parents’ house and the monarchs love it. For the first time ever, I found this bug sucking the insides out of one of the caterpillars. This was Aug. 3 at about 5 in the evening. I’m familiar with assassin bugs, but not ones like this. I didn’t kill it, but moved it to another part of the yard so it wouldn’t eat the other caterpillars too!
Signature: A.M.

Immature Spined Soldier Bug eats Monarch Caterpillar

Immature Spined Soldier Bug eats Monarch Caterpillar

Dear A.M.,
The predator is a Predatory Stink Bug, the Spined Soldier Bug in the genus
Podisus, and it is an immature nymph.  This is not the first time we have received an image of an immature Spined Soldier Bug eating a Monarch Caterpillar.

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Subject: Caterpillar identification
Location: Southern Wisconsin
June 8, 2015 2:19 pm
Just wondering what this is and what it will be
Signature: Curious

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

Dear Curious,
This is the caterpillar of a Mourning Cloak, sometimes called a Spiny Elm Caterpillar.  The adult Mourning Cloak is a lovely butterfly that hibernates over the winter, and they are sometimes seen flying on warm, sunny, winter days, even when there is still snow on the ground.  Before flowers begin to bloom, they take nourishment by drinking sap that flows from the trees in the spring.

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