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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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Subject: What is this caterpillar?
Location: Similkameen valley British Columbia canada
October 18, 2013 7:09 pm
This caterpillar was found on young apple trees at the beginning of August in the Similkameen valley, British Columbia, Canada. We are wondering what it is. Please help.
Signature: Orchardist

Red Humped Caterpillar

Red Humped Caterpillar

Dear Orchardist,
Is that an apple leaf?  this appears to be a Red Humped Caterpillar,
Schizura concinna.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on a wide range of woody plants, from many different families.”

Red Humped Caterpillar

Red Humped Caterpillar

thank you so much.
Yes it was on apple leaves…several neighbours have found them too and as
much as I tried I cold not identify it. Now we know!

 

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Subject: What a monster!
Location: Sabione, Lugaggia, Switzerland
September 20, 2013 7:27 am
My friends and I found this awesome bug in a forest in Sabione, a mountainous region in Switzerland near the Italian border. We found it in early September in a lush, green woodland forest, next to a river in a valley between some steep granite (?) mountains. When we found it, it remained flat, but it curled itself in defense as we got closer, rearing up its cricket-like head and legs, resting on the portion of it which looked more like a catepillar. It was the most bizzare bug I have ever seen. About 2 – 2.5 inches long. Something nightmares are made of! :) Any ideas?
Signature: Fiona Sheridan and Warren

Lobster Caterpillar

Lobster Caterpillar

Hi Fiona and Warren,
This bizarre caterpillar is commonly called a Lobster Caterpillar,
Stauropus fagi, and when we first posted an image of one in 2005, we were amazed at its unusual appearance.  The Learn About Butterflies website has some nice photos of its life cycle.

Lobster Caterpillar

Lobster Caterpillar

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Subject: cluster of caterpillers on sweet gum
Location: Brown County, Indiana
September 12, 2012 12:06 pm
Found this group of bugs I had never noticed before on a sweet gum tree in our yard in Southern Indiana.
No luck identifying them …
Signature: Crindi

Red Humped Caterpillars

Hi Crindi,
We know that we have identified these caterpillars in the past, but we had a brain freeze.  We also know how difficult it can be to try to identify caterpillars, and we didn’t want to spend hours in an identification pursuit, so we tried a web search of “caterpillars sweet gum” which quickly led us to the Forestry Images photograph of the Red Humped Caterpillars,
Schizura concinna.  Knowing the plant upon which a caterpillar or other insect is feeding is often a tremendous assistance during the identification process.  We have several photos of Red Humped Caterpillars on our site which is why they seemed so familiar to us.

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Subject: Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars?
Location: Baker, Florida
September 7, 2012 10:00 am
My 6 year old daughter, Ocean Rose, had this very special find in our backyard on September 2, 2012. I’m thinking they may be Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars (because we have alot of those butterflies around here) but wasnt quite sure.
Signature: Heather

Prominent Caterpillars: Datana species

Dear Heather,
Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars only feed on Passionflower vines.  These are Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus
Datana, but the different species in the genus have similar looking caterpillars and there is also much variability within each species with regard to markings and coloration.  The posture they assume, with both head and tail end arched above the middle is typical of Datana caterpillars when they are disturbed.  If we knew what plant they were feeding upon, we might be able to determine the species.  See BugGuide for additional information on the genus Datana.

Datana species Caterpillars

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