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Subject: What’s this?
Location: Thailand
December 3, 2016 6:03 am
This csme from a friend on Thailand.
Signature: Klr

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Klr,
This Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar is a very wide ranging species that feeds on the leaves of oleander.

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Subject: Have no idea what this is?
Location: Walls and windows
December 4, 2016 5:16 am
I’ve seen these all over my house when I moved to Florida. I’m from Michigan and have never seen these? Please let me know what they are.
Signature: Y. Diaz

Bagworms

Bagworms

Dear Y. Diaz,
You have Bagworms, caterpillars from moths in the family Psychidae that construct a “bag” from silk and plant material from their host plants.  Bagworms live inside the bag and when it comes time for metamorphosis, they frequently leave the plant upon which they have been feeding and anchor the bag to a sheltered location where they pupate.  We suspect these stationary Bagworms are in the pupal state.

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Subject: caterpillar ID please
Location: Kansas City, MO
December 1, 2016 6:27 pm
Can you ID this caterpillar on a crabapple in the Kansas City area (see photo)
Signature: Dave Tylka

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Dear Dave,
The posture of your caterpillar is a characteristic of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Datana.  Your individual looks exactly like this Yellow Necked Caterpillar,
Datana ministra, that is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Early instars feed gregariously and skeletonize leaves.  The larvae feed on Malus, Quercus, Betula and Salix species. Young larvae skeletonise the leaves of their host plant. Later, they feed on all of the leaf except the leaf stalk. They feed in groups.”  BugGuide also indicates:  “A common pest in orchards.”  Crabapple is a Malus species.

Dear Daniel Marlos,
Many thanks for the ID and natural history of the yellow necked caterpillar!  We sincerely appreciate you and your group providing this service to us, the general public.  I will share this lep information.
Thanks again,
Dave Tylka
Native Landscaper

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Hollywood, fl
November 30, 2016 3:15 pm
What type of catetpillar is this
Signature: Dave

Pluto Sphinx Caterpillar

Pluto Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Dave,
Your Caterpillar is the Hornworm of a Pluto Sphinx,
Xylophanes pluto, and according to the Sphingidae of the Americas site:  “There are three known colour morphs: green, brown, and purple/brown. The false eyes are rather striking in this purple/brown form.  Larvae feed beginning at dusk and through the night, hiding during the day at the base of their host plant or in nearby surrounding vegetation. The caterpillars usually either consume entire leaves or half of a leaf.”

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Subject: Mystery caterpillar
Location: Dubai UAE
November 27, 2016 10:57 pm
Hello,
Students found this caterpillar in Dubai UAE. We are having a difficult time identifying it. Do you recognize it?
Signature: Nichole and grade 3

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Nichole and grade 3,
This appears to be a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae.  We will attempt to locate potential species in the UAE.

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Subject: Insect larva?
Location: Port Orchard, WA
November 23, 2016 10:06 pm
I found this critter on a wood fence in my garden on the west side of Puget Sound in western Washington state. I shot the attached picture during August. I tried to chase the i.d. down on the internet, but don’t have enough bug knowledge to find it. I’d love to hear your best guess. Thanks.
Signature: Jim McCausland

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

Dear Jim,
This is the Caterpillar of an Underwing Moth in the genus Catocala.  While we cannot be certain of the species, your individual does resemble this Ilia Underwing Caterpillar posted to BugGuide, and according to BugGuide, the species is found in Washington.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of oak” so we are curious if there is an oak tree near where the sighting occurred.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much for the i.d. Neither I nor my immediate neighbors have oak trees in the garden, but there is a native oak a few blocks away, plus some ornamental oaks the same distance. Maybe there are closer oaks in backyards that I can’t see from the street. But moths do fly, and I imagine a few blocks isn’t too far.
Thanks again.
Jim

Thanks Jim,
Other species of Underwings feed on other plants.  According to BugGuide, the Charming Underwing feeds on apple and hawthorn, and it is reported from Alberta, Canada.  Again, we are confident with the genus, not the species.

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