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Subject: PA caterpillars
Location: Lancaster, PA
August 13, 2015 7:58 pm
Hi! I have never seen this caterpillar before and I’ve lived in Pennsylvania all my life. I couldn’t find a similar photo anywhere on the Internet. Hoping you can solve the mystery. Thanks!
Signature: Jennifer

Camphorweed Cucullia

Camphorweed Cucullia

Dear Jennifer,
This is a Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar in the genus Cucullia, and in our opinion, it closely resembles this Camphorweed Cucullia,
Cucullia alfarata, pictured on BugGuide.

You are amazing!  Many thanks.  Interesting how very colorful caterpillars can become very dull looking months.
Keep up the great work!
Thanks again,
Jennifer

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
June 5, 2015 5:15 pm
My husband found this gem in his roofing pouch, wondered if it came off the walnut tree and what kind it is. Underwing perhaps?
Signature: me

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

This is the Caterpillar of an Underwing Moth in the genus Catocala.  Underwing Moths get their common name from the brightly colored underwings that flash while the moth is in flight, but are concealed beneath bark patterned forewings that act as camouflage when the Underwing Moth is at rest.  We are postdating your submission to go live during our absence from the office in mid-June.

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: bluffs of lacrosse wi
June 7, 2015 9:04 pm
Found this guy munching on some leaves on a late night hike (around 2 am) on a trail going up miller bluff in lacrosse wi
Signature: Zach g

Humped Green Fruitworm

Humped Green Fruitworm

Dear Zach,
Our first thought was that this might be a Prominent Moth Caterpillar, but searching BugGuide did not produce any visual matches.  We next started going through Owlet Moth Caterpillars on BugGuide and it was there we found matching images of the Humped Green Fruitworm, the larva of the Copper Underwing,
Amphipyra pyramidoides.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae are general feeders on leaves of many broadleaf trees and shrubs, including apple, basswood, hawthorn, maple, oak, walnut, raspberry, grape, greenbrier (Smilax).”

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Subject: large caterpillar, white/yellow body with red hair tufts
Location: Missouri, United States
June 1, 2015 6:26 pm
so despite my best efforts to identify this lil fella, I have not found anything coming close so I turn to this website which has helped me identify many things and taught me so much.
it was found on what seems to me like some sort of tall grass-type plant.
I’m keeping a log of all the sorts of caterpillars I find this year and would love to know the name of this one to write it down.
Signature: Stolz

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Stolz,
Your caterpillar is that of a Smeared Dagger Moth,
Acronicta oblinita, and you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, larva may ‘sting’ if handled.”

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Subject: What is this creature?
Location: New York
May 30, 2015 9:04 pm
This rather creepy looking caterpillar looking thing was crawling up my boyfriends back while we were sitting outside at 12 am in the morning. It appears to have pinchers on its back end(I think that’s its back end) and seriously moved around when poked with a stick. As though it was trying to get you with said pinchers. The underneath looked like a mixture of hole like suckers with red in them. Only way I can describe it is blood. It’s about 3ish inches long.
Signature: Creeped Out Girlfriend

Underwing Caterpillar

Underwing Caterpillar

Dear Creeped Out Girlfriend,
We believe this is the Caterpillar of an Underwing Moth from the genus
Catocala.  We wish you had provided an image of the ” underneath looked like a mixture of hole like suckers with red in them.”  Did it look like this image from The Backyard Arthropod Project?  We just posted an image of our own native, adult Walnut Underwing from Southern California, but our image doesn’t show the beautiful, brightly colored underwings that give the Underwing its name.

I wasn’t sure how to reply to this, so hopefully you’ll get this message, but that’s exactly what it is. Thank you so much!

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Subject: Identification request
Location: North central Florida, USA
May 5, 2015 5:18 am
Are you able to identify this caterpillar for me? I think they are dropping out of our pecan trees. They are about 3 inches long. I am located in north central Florida. Thank you for any help you can provide.
Signature: Janet

Possibly Underwing Caterpillar

Possibly Underwing Caterpillar

Dear Janet,
We believe this might be the Caterpillar of an Underwing Moth in the genus
Catocala.  According to Entoweb.OKstate:  “Pecan catocala commonly feed on pecan, hickory, and other trees.”

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