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Subject: strange caterpillar
Location: Baddeck,N.S, Canada
August 25, 2014 8:12 am
We found this caterpillar in our yard. We didn’t touch but we moved it to a wooded area. What is it?
Signature: Tera C

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Hi Tera,
This sure looks like a Luna Moth Caterpillar getting ready to pupate.  When pupation time nears, the typically green caterpillar turns pink.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Great that is exactly what we saw today. Thanks

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Subject: Green Caterpillar on my azalea
Location: Maryland
August 24, 2014 7:37 am
Hello,
I find this bright green caterpillar on my azalea this morning – 8/24/2014 in Maryland. It looks like it has tiny pine trees growing on it (almost).
Signature: Susan

Io Moth Caterpillar

Io Moth Caterpillar

Dear Susan,
This is the caterpillar of an Io Moth, and azalea is only one of numerous possible host plants for the caterpillar.  According to Featured Creatures:  “The io moth has a long list of host plants, with over 100 recorded plant genera in North America, including such diverse plants as azaleas, blackberry, clover, cotton, current, hackberry, hibiscus, mesquite, palms, rear, redbud, roses and willows. In Florida, io moth larvae are commonly found on oaks and other hardwoods.”  You should handle the Io Caterpillars with extreme caution as the spines can deliver a painful sting.

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Subject: catepillar
Location: Woodstock Vermont
August 12, 2014 5:43 pm
what kind of a catepillar is this
Signature: Jae

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Dear Jae,
This is a Luna Moth Caterpillar, which is described on BugGuide as:  “Larva lime-green with pink spots and weak subspiracular stripe on abdomen. Yellow lines cross the larva’s back near the back end of each segment (compare Polyphemus moth caterpillars, which have yellow lines crossing at spiracles). Anal proleg edged in yellow.(2) Sparse hairs.”
  The very similar looking Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar is described on BugGuide as being:  “Larva: body large, bright green, with red and silvery spots below setae, and oblique yellow lines running through spiracles on abdomen; diagonal streak of black and silver on ninth abdominal segment; head and true legs brown; base of primary setae red, subdorsal and lateral setae have silver shading below; end of prolegs with yellow ring, and tipped in black”

Thank you oh so very much… I will support you and your effort it is worth it  JAE

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Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Daru , Sierra Leone
August 5, 2014 5:13 am
Hi Bugman
I think this is an Emperor Moth Caterpillar …can you confirm that for me>?
Signature: Don Thomson

Possibly Bunaea alcinoe:  red form

Possibly Bunaea alcinoe: red form

Hi Don,
First we apologize for not responding to your initial request.  We opened the attached file and knew we needed to do some research, and then we forgot to get back to it.  Emperor Moth Caterpillar is a somewhat generic name for caterpillars from the family Saturniidae, the Giant Silkmoths.  We did some research on the members only World’s Largest Saturniidae site, which breaks out sightings according to countries.  Interestingly, Sierra Leone and its neighbors Liberia and Guinea are not represented on the site.  We did find an image that matches your caterpillar and it is identified as a “
Bunaea alcinoe larva (red form), Ghana” and we are satisfied with that.  That species is represented on our site under the common name Cabbage Emperor Moth Caterpillar, and we only have the typical black form.  The caterpillars are edible and the common name Emperor Moth is used for this species as well.  We are going to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can verify that identification.  Do you have a higher resolution image?

Thanks Daniel
I don’t have a higher resolution image but will try find another one to photograph.
Any further info would be appreciated
Thanks and regards
Don Thomson

Bill Oehlke confirms identification
Yes, Daniel,
It appears to be B. alcinoe, the red form, but interestingly it has two sets
of black horns near head instead of the single row mentioned by Oberprieler.
I suspect alcinoe is also in Guinea and Liberia.
Please find out from photographer if I can have permission to post image. I
would also need photographer’s name.
Bill

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Subject: do you know what type of caterpillar this is?
Location: central florida
August 4, 2014 9:52 am
Can you please identify this caterpillar for me? And let me know if it is poisenous?
Signature: Alysa Lenahan

Early Instar Io Moth Caterpillars

Early Instar Io Moth Caterpillars

Dear Alysa,
These are early instar Io Moth Caterpillars, which we identified on BugGuide.
  As they mature, the Io Moth Caterpillars turn bright green with white and red racing stripes on the sides, but they maintain their spines.  They are considered one of the stinging caterpillars, and contact with the spines can cause a local reaction, with irritation and a rash.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, larva may “sting” if handled. The larger the caterpillar the more intense the stinging sensation caused by the urticating spines.”  The adult Io Moth is a gorgeous moth with startling eyespots on the lower wings that will scare a potential predator.

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Subject: Can you ID this caterpillar?
Location: California, MD
July 21, 2014 1:25 pm
The best I can guess is that it’s a type of brush footed butterfly larva. I’d love to know what type of adult it will become and what it feeds on. The kids would like to hatch it and then release it.
Signature: Laura in SoMD

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Buck Moth Caterpillar

Hi Laura,
While many Brushfooted Butterfly Caterpillars have spines, including the Mourning Cloak Caterpillar, this is actually the caterpillar of a Buck Moth, and considering your location, it is most likely
Hemileuca maia, based on this BugGuide image.  Handle the Buck Moth Caterpillar with care as contact with the spines may result in a painful sting.  The adult Buck Moth, which gets its name because it is usually on the wing very late in the fall during deer hunting season, is a lovely moth.  By the way, we were unaware that there were any cities named California.

Thank you for the helpful ID. Since you mentioned it, California is just south of Hollywood,  MD.

 

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