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Subject: Black and White Herringbone Caterpillar
Location: Western Massachusetts
July 21, 2014 8:12 am
Bugman,
We found this guy in our native butterfly garden and after researching with fields guides, we still can’t seem to figure him out. We found it around aster and nettles and various native plant species. It likes to coil up like it is pictured.
Thanks so much!
Signature: Project Native

Unidentified Caterpillar

Unidentified Caterpillar

Dear Project Native,
We have delayed posting your images while we unsuccessfully attempted to identify your Caterpillar.
  Our best guess is that this might be an Owlet Caterpillar closely related to the Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillars in the genus Cucullia, which feed on asters, but none of the examples posted to BugGuide look exactly like your individual.  According to BugGuide, the larvae are:  “usually smooth (hairless) and very colorful, with mixed patterns of spots, stripes, and/or patches of mostly yellow, red, green, blue, and black – the range of variation between species is too complex to describe in general terms.”  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Unidentified Caterpillar

Unidentified Caterpillar

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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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