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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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Subject: The laugher
Location: Palmetto, Georgia
November 12, 2013 5:37 pm
I found a fuzzy white caterpillar, around mid-October, which I later researched and identified as ”The Laugher Moth”. I found it near an oak tree in my front yard, and found out that oak is what it feeds off of. I put it in a container with some sticks and some oak leaves and later that day it built it’s cocoon. It was amazing how intricate the cocoon was done! He made it between two oak leaves (with a stick in the middle)…the leaves were completely flat against each other, with the caterpillar and it’s cocoon inside. It’s been this way for about a month now, and the outer leaf of it’s enclosure as since detached. I read some more on this species and learned that in the pupae state, it overwinters. So, my question is: How long will my caterpillar be in this state, and will it emerge as a healthy moth once it is done?
Thanks!
P.S. I named him Snowball!
Signature: Concerned Caterpillar Mom

Laugher

The Laugher

Hi Concerned Caterpillar Mom,
Despite the blurriness of your photo, the Laugher,
Charadra deridens, has such a distinctive “face” that we believe your identification is correct.  This photo on BugGuide is a good reference.  Chances are good that you will see a healthy moth emerge in the spring.  We would advise you to keep the cocoon in a location where the temperature is similar to the outdoors.  Keep the cocoon out of direct sunlight and you might want to spray it occasionally with water to ensure it does not dry out.  Not all cocoons produce adult moths.  Some caterpillars fall prey to parasitic wasps and flies and though the caterpillar has entered the pupal stage, adult parasitic wasps or flies will emerge after feeding upon the nutrient rich pupa. 

Laugher Cocoon

Laugher Cocoon

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