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Subject: Caterpillars on water lilies
Location: Fullerton, CA
August 12, 2014 12:53 pm
Hello!
For the second year now we have caterpillars in our water lilies. We have a small backyard pond with goldfish and these guys much away at the Lily pads, nothing else. As you can see from the pictures, they come in black and brown. Do caterpillars sunburn? They get almost as large as a monarch caterpillar and have appeared in late summer both years.
Thank you much!
Signature: Southland BugLovers

Yellow Striped Armyworm

Yellow Striped Armyworm

Dear Southland BugLovers,
We quickly located an image on BugGuide that matches your darker caterpillar and it is identified as a Yellow Striped Armyworm, , and it is feeding on water lilies in San Diego.  Other images on BugGuide indicate that this caterpillar is highly variable, hence your lighter caterpillar as is the diet, which is described on BugGuide thus:  “Larvae feed on many herbaceous plants, including alfalfa, asparagus, bean, beet, cabbage, clover, corn, cotton, cucumber, grape, grass, jimsonweed, morning glory, onion, pea, peach, peanut, pokeweed, sweet potato, tobacco, tomato, turnip, wheat, watermelon, and wild onion.”

Yellow Striped Armyworm

Yellow Striped Armyworm

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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: large caterpillar
Location: Troy, Texas
May 26, 2014 8:30 pm
This beautiful caterpillar (I assume) was on our tent late morning after camping overnight in a grassy area near a lot of pecan trees.
Signature: Thank you, Lisa

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

Hi Lisa,
This looks like an Underwing Caterpillar from a moth in the genus
Catocala.  You can view some examples on BugGuide.

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Subject: WTH is this?
Location: NW Indiana
May 17, 2014 7:41 pm
Hello, Mr. Bugman:
This creature was in my garden yesterday, Friday, May 16, 2014. I live in NW Indiana, Zone 5. Can you ID it, please? I’ve never seen anything like it. It looks like a baby Godzilla. It’s about two inches long. I couldn’t get a clearer picture – sorry.
Thank you for your time.
Signature: Sincerely, Mary Ann Sumner

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

Dear Mary Ann,
In our opinion, this is an Underwing Caterpillar from the genus Catocala and you can see an image on BugGuide that looks very similar.

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What kind of caterpillar is this?
Location:  San Antonio, Texas
May 2, 2014
We can’t seem to find it. Found in San Antonio, Texas. Will also attach pic of the vine plant we found them on. thank you
Sarah

Unknown Caterpillars

Unknown Caterpillars

Hi Sarah,
Our internet connectivity is incredibly slow today, which is inhibiting our ability to identify your caterpillar.  We are posting the image and we will continue to research this matter.  We gave it one more stab and we discovered images of Wilson’s Wood Nymph Moth Caterpillars,
Xerociris wilsonii, on BugGuide, where the foodplant is listed as “Sorrelvine, Cissus trifoliata (Vitaceae).”  The image of Sorrelvine on the USDA website confirms the identification as it is a match to the plant image you supplied.

Sorrelvine

Sorrelvine

 

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Subject: Please help to identify this caterpillar
Location: Apache Junction , Arizona
February 4, 2014 1:02 pm
Found This Caterpillar by some river rocks in the dirt in my backyard. not sure what it is or what it turns into. Please help.
Signature: Mike

Probably a Cutworm

Probably a Cutworm

Hi Mike,
We cannot say for certain, but this is most likely a Cutworm in the subfamily Noctuinae, which is a very large group of moths.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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