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Subject: HELP
Location: Oregon
July 26, 2014 10:48 am
We have a caterpillar that is going to turn into a cinnabar moth, we already know what bug it is but it just went into a cocoon (yay!). How long will it be in a cocoon?
Signature: Seriously bugged

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar

Dear Seriously bugged,
According to Bug Life:  “Caterpillars are feeding from July – early September and are initially pale yellow but soon develop bright yellow and black stripes to deter predators. … The caterpillars overwinter as pupa in a cocoon under the ground. The adult moths emerge around mid May and are on the wing up until early August, during which time males and females will mate and eggs are laid.”
  If that is accurate, you will not experience eclosion until next spring.

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Subject: Huge brown defensive Cyclops looking caterpillar
Location: Denver Colorado
July 24, 2014 9:50 pm
Please help me identify this what I am assuming is a caterpillar. We came home around 10 pm it’s about 65 degrees out . Our dog was tossing this thing around and it was getting very defensive. It has one spot on it’s rear end, is a great flipper, and it’s face was tucked in. Very fast moving, and about 3 -4 inches long and it was about as fat as a penny.
Signature: Confused Coloradan

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Confused Coloradan,
Hornworms in the genus
Eumorpha loose their caudal horns and all that remains is a type of scar known as the caudal bump, and in some species this resembles an eye.  Your caterpillar is most likely that of an Achemon Sphinx, and you can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.

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Subject: Habitat HELP!!
Location: Illinois
July 22, 2014 4:27 pm
Hello WTB ive been trying to gather some research for a bug i picked up today. Ive been searching for a caterpillar for quite some time n it actually found me! I believe i properly identified it as Hyles Gallii “Bedstraw Hawkmoth”. Its fairly big so i decided im going to keep it indoor, in an old fish tank. I was just going to try and mimick a woodsy outdoor habitat? I know ventilation is key so i will leave the top open or fix something over or wood a mostly enclosed area not good? I took some of its host plant i found it on so hes currently eating that. Any other tips? moisture, light, etc.
Signature: Corey

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Hi Corey,
In our opinion, you have identified the correct genus, but not the correct species.  This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar,
Hyles lineata.  Your old fish tank is a good habitat.  We would cover the top with screen, netting or cheesecloth to provide air circulation.  Keep it is a shaded location so the sun doesn’t bake your caterpillar through the glass.  Many caterpillars in this family dig beneath the earth to pupate, so loose, moist but not wet potting soil should be placed in the bottom of the habitat.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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Subject: Panogena lingens found by Ilija Klejmjonov in Madagascar
Location: Madagascar, by Ilija Klejmjonov
July 8, 2014 4:01 pm
Dear Bugman,
As to our Coelonia fulvinotata… A confusion led to a spectacular new finding! When looking for some pictures of Coelonia fulvinotata, which were often found and commented within this nice site, as a model for a drawing, on the web, I accidentally found a slightly different caterpillar, guiding me to the blogsite of Ilija Klejmjonov, http://adderley.livejournal.com/150820.html?mode=reply#add_comment; as he breeded it at home and documented its metamorphosis with the pictures of the pupa and the moth, the emerged moth is obviously a Panogena lingens, and not the supposed Coelonia fulvinotata (to which one can be led by some confusing drawing of the moth, resembling to both species – but without this confusion I would never have found this caterpillar). Thus we have the first insight of the larval stages of a Panogena species, which were not yet known. Ilija Klejmjonov has found this caterpillar on a potted plant of Duranta erecta (Verbenaceae), a non native plant in Madagascar, it was difficult to assign, as imported ornamental plant originating from the southern new world. The documented pupa shows some similarity with those from the genus Lintneria. The revealment of an African (and Madagascan) secret… (Nothing own to attach except a picture of a tentative design by coloured pencils)
Nicest wishes,
Bostjan Dvorak
Signature: Bostjan Dvorak

Panogena lingens

Panogena lingens

Dear Bostjan,
We are sorry for the lengthy delay in responding.  Thanks so much for providing us with your wonderful drawing documenting the stages of life for
Panogena lingens of Madagascar.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Maryland
July 21, 2014 9:33 pm
I saw your presentation a few years ago and a friend posted a picture on Facebook today wondering “what’s that bug” and no one seemed to know so I figured I’d ask.
Signature: Mr. Burk

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Mr. Burk,
This very distinctive caterpillar is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar,
Acronicta americana, and according to BugGuide, its habitat is:  “Woodlands and forests, especially mesic to swampy bottomlands” and “The caterpillar’s hairs can cause skin irritation.”  Just our of curiosity, which presentation did you see?  We are guessing it was the Getty lecture

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Subject: Can you ID this caterpillar?
Location: California, MD
July 21, 2014 1:25 pm
The best I can guess is that it’s a type of brush footed butterfly larva. I’d love to know what type of adult it will become and what it feeds on. The kids would like to hatch it and then release it.
Signature: Laura in SoMD

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Hi Laura,
While many Brushfooted Butterfly Caterpillars have spines, including the Mourning Cloak Caterpillar, this is actually the caterpillar of a Buck Moth, and considering your location, it is most likely
Hemileuca maia, based on this BugGuide image.  Handle the Buck Moth Caterpillar with care as contact with the spines may result in a painful sting.  The adult Buck Moth, which gets its name because it is usually on the wing very late in the fall during deer hunting season, is a lovely moth.  By the way, we were unaware that there were any cities named California.

Thank you for the helpful ID. Since you mentioned it, California is just south of Hollywood,  MD.

 

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