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Subject: identification of 2 caterpillars.

Location: Bangalore , Karnataka, INDIA
December 12, 2014 2:11 am
Dear sir,
I like to photograph nature ,in particular flora fauna around our campus,making it useful for our Bioscience faculty to use it for teaching the students in an excited way.
While doing so i came across 2 caterpillars with strange textures:
1. one had a greyish blue texture with ‘eye like’ spots at regular intervals running right from its snout like mouth till its tail in two parallel lines on the top of its body.
The mouth underneath revealed tooth like structures.This was revealed when it wanted to sense its way forward with its front end extended like a snout of a mouse. It also had a stinger at the end ,but more like a tail.
The area in which it was discovered had bushes of cactii,Aster flowers,Pine tree plants and the general wlid growth of weeds.
2.Second one i will upload in my next mail.
One important thing – These pictures from India – I hope you will be able to accommodate and identify. I am mentioning this because the 2/3 sites where I tried ,INDIA is not on the list of areas to be covered.
Kindly let me know.It will excite the Boys!!
Thanking you.
Signature: Nanda Gopal

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Nanda,
This is a Hornworm, and we believe it might be the Caterpillar of the Chitral Elephant Hawkmoth, Deilephila rivularis, or a closely related species in the genus.  Our first clue is this posting of the Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar on Totally Nailed It, which led us to a nice matching caterpillar image on Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic.  Also on the Sphingidae of the Western Palaearctic site, Caterpillars of  Deilephila elpenor look nearly identical.

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for responding and thank you also for the wealth of
information you have supplied along with it.
I also have a small video clip of the movement of the Elephant
Hawkmoth Caterpillar.If it is of importance i can upload it.But
then,how do i do it.?
Please guide.
Thank you once again.

Thanks for the video offer Nanda, but we are not currently featuring videos on our site.  Our tiny staff resizes, crops and formats all imagery for the site, hopefully improving the quality of the images sent to us, and we do not have the time to “edit” video footage.

 

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Subject: big caterpillar
Location: Gulfport, Florida 33707 USA
December 11, 2014 7:45 am
Hello,
Thanks for taking the time to look at my bug request. I saw it in pinellas county Florida on 12/9/14 at 7pm. It was crawling up a Papaya tree and I have never seen one like this before. Wondering if it’s a “good” or “bad” bug, especially for my Papaya. Thanks again
Signature: not sure what this means

Possibly Alope Sphinx Caterpillar

Possibly Alope Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear not sure what this means,
This is a Hornworm, a Sphinx Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Erynnyis, probably the brown form of Erynnyis alope which is pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.  The Pinellas County, Florida Sphingidae Larva page pictures that species at the top, but identifies three members of the genus, Erinnyis ello and Erinnyis obscura in addition to Erynnis alope, that feed on the leaves of Papaya.  All three species have similar looking caterpillars and we cannot determine the exact species based on your image.  Though they feed on the leaves of Papaya, the caterpillars are never present in numbers significant to do any damage, so we do not consider them to be a threat to your papaya tree nor its fruit.

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Subject: Moth pupae?
Location: Centurion, South Africa
December 9, 2014 9:39 pm
Hallo Mr Bugman
A friend of mine found this wormlike bug in her back yard and asked me if I knew what it was. She thought it was a caterpillar of sorts but to me it looks more like a pupae of sorts. Can you help?
Signature: Congo man

Probably Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Probably Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Congo man,
This is a caterpillar, and it appears to be a Hornworm, the larva of a Hawkmoth in the family Sphingidae.  Though the quality of the image is not high enough to determine the species, we are speculating that it is the larva of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth.

Dear Daniel
While I was scrolling through your pics, my guess was that it could be a double headed Hawkmoth, but being a complete novice I did not want to mention it in my mail.
Thank you so much for your response!
Regards

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Tempe, Arizona
November 23, 2014 4:29 pm
My Kung Fu teacher found this on his grapevine!
No idea what it is…
Thanks
Signature: Mike Hutchinson

Achemon Sphinx

Achemon Sphinx

Dear Mike,
This impressive caterpillar is an Achemon Sphinx,
Eumorpha achemon, and grape is a common food plant.  You can read more about the Achemon Sphinx on the Sphingidae of the Americas site.

 

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Subject: big bug?

Location: far east gippsland
November 23, 2014 3:12 pm
another job for the bugman
Signature: Az

Double Headed Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Double Headed Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Az,
Despite lacking a horn which is typical of the Hornworms in the family Sphingidae, we thought that this looked like a Hawkmoth Caterpillar, and we were correct.  We quickly identified it as the caterpillar of a Double Headed Hawkmoth,
Coequosa triangularis, which is pictured on the Butterfly House website where it states:  “This is Australia’s largest Hawk Moth” and “Its real head is an orange conical structure, but on its tail are two large raised black knobs. These look like a pair of large eyes, so that an observer or predator finds it difficult to determine which end is actually the head, hence its common name.”

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Subject: unidentified larvale!
Location: 42 North 15 East Italy
November 7, 2014 1:22 am
Hello, I live in Italy an yesterday we found this on the farm, nobody had ever seen one. Here it’s autumn, the weather is mild and damp. The bug was found about 30km from the coast, 120m above sea level, latitude 42 N longditude 15 east. What could it be?
Thanks.
Signature: Caroline

Death's Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Death’s Head Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Caroline,
This is the caterpillar of a Death’s Head Hawkmoth,
Acherontia atropos, a wide ranging species found throughout much of Europe, the Mediterranean region and down to the tip of South Africa.

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