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Subject: Large worm
Location: Near Lanseria Airport. South Africa
April 1, 2014 10:55 am
We discovered this worm in our garden recently.
About 100mm long and 12-15mm thick
Any ideas please?
Signature: Mike A

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Oleander Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Mike,
Do you have an oleander shrub in your garden?  This is the Caterpillar of an Oleander Hawkmoth.

Hi Daniel
We do indeed!
My wife now tells me that it is an extremely poisonous bush!
Our dogs had found the worm and were carrying it around the garden. Fortunately they did not harm or puncture it.
Thanks for responding.
Kind regards
Mike Abraham

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Ed. Note:  Please do not submit images of similar insects from the internet with identification requests without informing us of the origin of the images.  That wastes our time and the time of our readers.

Subject: A caterpillar that I think is poisonous
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
April 3, 2014 1:28 am
This specific caterpillar has sent me to hospital. I was at school when it had stung me when I had seen it there were no hairs on it. It made my face swell and my left arm doctors say it is not a allergic reaction. Could you please tell me if this caterpillar is poisonous?
Signature: M.Ismail

Stinging Caterpillar

Virginia Ctenucha Caterpillar image from BugGuide

Dear M. Ismail,
Our initial attempts to identify this stinging Moth Caterpillar did not produce any results.  We are posting your image and awaiting input from our readership.  There are many caterpillars that have utricating hairs that can produce a reaction in sensitive humans, and the skin of the face is especially sensitive.

Ed. Note:  Virginia Ctenucha image pilfered from BugGuide!!!
It seems this image was lifted from BugGuide, probably unintentionally, by the M. Ismail in an attempt to identify a different stinging caterpillar in South Africa.  Rather than submitting an original image, we were misled when we were not informed that this image was not taken by the person who wrote the request.  We apologize for any confusion this has caused.

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Subject: Unidentified Caterpillar
Location: Bloemfontein region, Free State, South Africa
March 31, 2014 10:24 am
Hi, I found this caterpillar on our Private Game Farm in the region of Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa and am hoping you may be able to assist in it’s identification?
It’s an active night feeder, resting during the day .
Feeding on Quilted Bluebush (Diospyros lycioides).
Numerous groups have been contacted in regards to it’s identification, but as yet, no such luck.
Signature: Toby Esplin – About Nature, Wildlife and Birding Tours

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Dear Toby,
We don’t think we will have time to research this request this morning, but we are posting all of your images and perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a response.  Our initial guess is that this is probably the caterpillar of a large moth in the family Erebidae because it reminds us of the Underwing Caterpillars from North America.

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Caterpillar

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Caterpillar

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Subject: Spiny caterpillar
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
March 27, 2014 3:26 pm
We came across this large spiny/fleshy caterpillar (being eaten by ants) in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica at the end of the dry season (middle of March). It was about 3 inches long. Do you know what it would have become?
Signature: Alison

Ants eat Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Ants eat Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Hi Alison,
Alas, this caterpillar appears to have already become all that it will become, food for Ants.  Were it not attacked, it should have transformed into one of the Giant Silkmoths in the family Saturniidae and the subfamily Hemileucinae, though we have not had any luck verifying the actual species.  We will contact Bill Oehlke to get his opinion.

Daniel,
Only a guess. Automeris postalbida. Color might be off due to near death.
Please always ask for more precise location before sending images. Saves me
time in looking things up. Different species, often very similar, can often
come from different locations. If I know location I might only have to
search through five files instead of fifty as I have species checklists for
most of South and Central America down to one level below national level..
Thanks for thinking of me.
Bill

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Subject: What is it
Location: South New Jersey
March 26, 2014 11:40 am
I was removing a Bush From the frount of my yard, and just at root level i found this Cocoon. It is still Alive decause its Tail moves pod and all. I put it in a Jar with holes and placed it on my Boiler to hatch it and see what comes out. I am sending you some photos of it, What do you suggest i do with it.
Please answer back Sensirly: Agatino Caruso of Wall New Jersey , Momouth County.
Signature: Agatino Caruso

Sphinx Moth Pupa

Sphinx Moth Pupa

Dear Agatino,
Was there a tomato plant near that location last season?  This is the pupa of a Sphinx Moth, most likely one of the members of the genus
Manduca that have caterpillars that feed upon the leaves of tomato and some other plants in the family Solanacea.

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Subject: Larvae like things on ceiling (Pasadena, CA)
Location: Pasadena, CA
March 23, 2014 2:42 pm
Today we discovered a speck on the ceiling that looks like dirt. Upon closer inspection, they looked like some kind of larvae. Seem to be little sprinkle-like things that are about a mm or two long, and seem to have a blacker dot on end. It’s in a rental apartment, we recently had the place gelled and sprayed for cockroaches, we’ve seen one around. I found a dead moth on the ground the other day, somewhat close to the area. It’s just turning spring here. They don’t move much, I just see some twitching and some hanging down a little bit. I wanted to ask and see if there was anything you knew, and if I should just vacuum them up, or if there’s something more intensive that needs to be done. Thanks in advance!
Signature: Mike

Newly Hatched Woolly Bears, we believe

Newly Hatched Woolly Bears, we believe

Dear Mike,
We believe these are newly hatched Woolly Bears, the caterpillars of a Tiger Moth, possibly the Painted Tiger Moth,
Arachnis picta, which flies in Southern California in the winter.

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