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Subject: Unknown Caterpillar
Location: Palominas, AZ, Cochise County
September 26, 2016 4:15 pm
This caterpillar was found on a Mesquite tree in Palominas, Arizona, Cochise County, on or around September 24, 2016, by Jessica Ray. She requested that I submit her photos for identification.
Signature: Delores

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Delores,
This is definitely a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, but we cannot say for certain which species or even definitively which genus.  According to a posting entitled Living Illusions on the Lappet Moth 
Phyllodesma americana on the Beautiful Nightmares blog:  “The caterpillars munch on leaves by night, hiding on twigs and bark by day. They are also well-hidden, but because they have to be able to live on a variety of different trees, each of which has a differently-colored bark, lappet caterpillars don’t have a color that matches a particular background. Instead they, like their parent moths, have bodies with distorted outlines, specifically a lateral fringe of long hairs.  On bark, this helps a caterpillar “merge” with the bark on which it rests. …  Animals that depend on camouflage have to stay very still to avoid detection, but if they are spotted, staying still quickly becomes futile. Many animals use color to startle predators as a backup plan, the best-known example being the red-eyed tree frog. At rest, the frogs appear a solid leafy-green, but if disturbed, they quickly open their eyes. The sudden appearance of two giant, bright red eyes can be enough to startle a predator, which might give the frog time enough to make a hasty escape.”  Discover Life has images that support that might be a correct species identification, however, based on this BugGuide image, we would not rule out that it might be in the genus Tolype.  At any rate, your marvelous images clearly depict both the camouflage and the flash of warning colors.    

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Thank you Daniel for identifying the Lappet moth caterpillar.  I searched high and low trying to identify it myself and finally gave up.  Again, many thanks.
Delores

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Subject: what is it?
Location: ohio
August 10, 2016 3:25 pm
I live in Collinsville Ohio. 30 miles North of Cincinnati. This interesting creature was on my garage door. Its Aug10th. A tad bit humid out. 85degrees.
Signature: Tracey

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Tracey,
This is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, possibly from the genus
Tolype based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject: What is the exactly
Location: Pretoria south africa
July 3, 2016 3:36 am
Found this caterpillar on the bricks by my house. If I’m not mistaken some kind of lappet moth
Signature: Peter

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Peter,
We agree that this is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, and there is a matching image on iSpot, but it is only identified to the family level.  It appears like it might be the same species or a closely related species to this Indian Lappet Moth Caterpillar.

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Subject: Unknown Caterpillar
Location: Around Puyo, Ecuador
June 30, 2016 3:54 pm
Found at Fundacion Los Monos y Selva Vida near Puyo, Ecuador on June 26.
After searching many times using various keywords to describe the caterpillar I came up short. I found a stock photo with a similar one that I have in my picture, however, they do not supply a species and only say “A caterpillar perched on a branch in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador.”
What kind of butterfly or moth do you think it will turn into?
Signature: Ryan

Possibly a Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Possibly a Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Ryan,
This reminds us of a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, but we have not had any luck matching your image to any identified species.  Interestingly, while searching, we also found the “caterpillar perched on a branch in the Tandayapa Valley of Ecuador” you mentioned.  Once again, we would refer you to Cesar Crash at Insetologia as he can search the internet in Portuguese and possibly Spanish.

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Subject: What kind of (caterpillar)?
Location: Hong Kong
May 22, 2016 7:24 am
We saw this in Hong Kong on 22 May 2016 in the woodland area by a reservoir. It looked like a caterpillar to us but we could not be sure with the strange patterned head and ‘horns’. Any insight as to what bug this may be and if it is poisonous would be very much appreciated!
Signature: Tai Tam

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Tai Tam,
This is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae.  We found some matching images from China of Caterpillars in the genus
Trabala on FlickR.  Here is another FlickR image.  Some Lappet Moth Caterpillars have urticating or stinging hairs that can cause a skin reaction in sensitive people.

 

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Subject: Brown striped caterpiller
Location: SW Ohio
May 9, 2016 6:48 am
I live near Dayton, OH, and found this caterpiller on my patio table. I have never seen one like this. Can you help ID it?
Thank you.
Signature: Jennifer

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Forest Tent Caterpillar

Dear Jennifer,
This distinctive caterpillar is a Forest Tent Caterpillar,
Malacosoma disstria.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on leaves of alder, basswood, birch, cherry, oak, poplar, willow.”

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