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Subject: A shiny green visitor!
Location: Near Altmar, NY
August 25, 2015 9:20 am
We live in a rural area about 40 miles north of Syracuse, New York, close to a now extinct village called Altmar. Our property borders wooded state land which surrounds a beaver pond that is also on the back of our woods. We recently had the sad experience of having to remove a large maple tree due to disease. It had started not even as tall as our home but by the time we removed it, it was towering over it. In cutting wood from the downed tree and sorting out leafy branches, this bug ended up on my husband’s pants. It is very unusual looking with a shiny light green smooth surface and it walked like a caterpillar. We’d never seen anything like it in the 20 years we’ve lived in this house. I took this picture as soon as we saw it on August 23.
Thanks for any help identifying our little green visitor!
Signature: Lisa P

Oblique Heterocampa Caterpillar

Oblique Heterocampa Caterpillar

Dear Lisa,
As two days have passed between the time you took the image and the time you wrote to us, we hope you relocated to another maple tree this Prominent Moth Caterpillar, possibly the Oblique Heterocampa due to its resemblance to the individual in this BugGuide image.

Oblique Heterocampa Caterpillar

Oblique Heterocampa Caterpillar

Our property is probably 80% maple trees and we did bring him back over to the woods after we took the picture! (My husband just told me he actually put him on a maple directly.) Thanks for the info! :)

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Subject: pink caterpillar w front spine dorsal chevron
Location: 49°08’58.11″ N 123°10’26.48″ W
August 11, 2015 4:47 pm
My wife found this walking on paving in our back yard in Vancouver, British Columbia. May have arrived on new plants brought from nursery. We have looked at every single caterpillar pic on the web (feels like) but have failed to see anything even close. It doesn’t want to eat or spin a cocoon, but we’re hoping it will pupate so that we can see what emerges. But in case it doesn’t, we’re hoping you can tell us what it is.
30mm long (sorry for not including scale in photo)
Signature: Pierre van Aswegen

Prominent Moth Caterpillar

Prominent Moth Caterpillar

Good Morning Pierre,
This is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the family Notodontidae, probably in the subfamily Heterocampinae.  We have not had a chance to do a more thorough search for its species identity, but we are posting the image in the meanwhile.  Many caterpillars turn pink just prior to pupation, and the color is not necessarily diagnostic.  See BugGuide for possibly genera in the subfamily.

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Subject: we found sonething
Location: in the backyard in blackpool lancs uk
July 21, 2015 12:28 pm
My son found a bug and we don’t know what it is. We would like u to look at our picture and let is know what it is please.
Signature: normal

Puss Moth Caterpillar

Puss Moth Caterpillar

Dear normal,
Thanks an image on FlickR, we were able to identify this Prominent Moth Caterpillar as
Cerura vinula, the Puss Moth Caterpillar.  According to UK Moths:  “Named after the cat-like appearance of the adult moth, this species is fairly common throughout most of Britain.  The striking caterpillar feeds on aspen (Populus tremula) as well as poplar (Populus spp.) and willow (Salix spp.). When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which have pinkish extendable flagellae.”  This species should not be confused with the North American Puss Moth, which is in a different family, the Flannel Moths, but we embarked upon our identification based on the resemblance your caterpillar has to the North American Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Heterocampa.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: south louisiana
July 10, 2015 12:38 pm
what is the name of a black & white caterpillar that has a red head and red feet
Signature: valentine

Azalea Caterpillars

Azalea Caterpillars

Dear Valentine,
These gregarious caterpillars are Azalea Caterpillars,
Datana major, and according to Bugguide:  “larvae feed mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron spp.) but have also been recorded on apple, blueberry, Red Oak, and Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifoloa).”  The Blue Jay Barrens blog has a very nice posting on the Azalea Caterpillar which includes this information:  “The hairs on this caterpillar serve no defensive purpose.  When threatened, the caterpillar raises its head and tail with thoracic legs thrust upward like horns.  In addition to the threatening appearance, a bit of ingested material is regurgitated at the mouth and a droplet of liquid is released from the anus.  I’m assuming that both of these substances are unappealing in some way to predators.  The anal droplet is visible in the photo as a honey colored sphere on the end of the upraised tail.  Quite an interesting little creature.”

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Subject: what is this….
Location: Davis, CA
November 1, 2014 5:08 pm
Hello, Do you know what these are? They were found in our persimmon tree. Thanks.
Signature: No need

Red Humped Caterpillars

Red Humped Caterpillars

Dear No need,
These Red Humped Caterpillars,
Schizura concinna, ” feed on a wide range of woody plants, from many different families” according to BugGuide.

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Subject: help caterpillers eating my tree
Location: northern cali- roseville, Ca
May 19, 2014 9:23 am
Hi. I sent a previous request. Didnt know if it went thru. No confirmation saying my pics were uploaded. So im trying again. I have these caterpillers eating my tree. I dont want to hurt them…but I dont want my tree to die or an ugly bald tree either. They just eat everything! And they poop alot too! I took a branch to the kids in my classroom to observe and it was fasinating how quickly they devour a whole branch. They are on my ornamental plum tree. Thanks for your help
Signature: Alma

Red Humped Caterpillar

Red Humped Caterpillar

Hi Alma,
Because of the red head and red hump, these Red Humped Caterpillars,
Schizura concinna, are quite distinctive.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on a wide range of woody plants, from many different families.”

Red Humped Caterpillars

Red Humped Caterpillars

Thank you Daniel for your e-mail!  The kids are loving watching them and now  we know exactly what they are.    We are hoping they will form chrysalis soon! Although the moth is not very pretty.
Alma

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