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Subject: caterpillar
Location: central Florida (Bushnell)
June 6, 2015 6:00 pm
found this on the ground… fell from tree… Have yet to see one like this! can you tell me what kind it is? It’s only about 2-2.5 cm long. Help! Thanks!
Signature: Stephen Keszey

Skiff Moth Caterpillar

Skiff Moth Caterpillar

Dear Stephen,
Congratulations on recognizing this as a caterpillar.  This is a Slug Moth Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and after a bit of searching on BugGuide, we identified it as a Skiff Moth Caterpillar,
Prolimacodes badia.  According to BugGuide, the Skiff Moth is “Common; sometimes abundant in Florida … larvae feed on leaves of wide variety of trees and shrubs, including birch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), oak, poplar, Sweetgale (Myrica gale), willow, and others.”  We will be post-dating your submission to go live toward the end of June as we will be away from the office.

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Subject: Caterpillar identification
Location: Southern Wisconsin
June 8, 2015 2:19 pm
Just wondering what this is and what it will be
Signature: Curious

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

Dear Curious,
This is the caterpillar of a Mourning Cloak, sometimes called a Spiny Elm Caterpillar.  The adult Mourning Cloak is a lovely butterfly that hibernates over the winter, and they are sometimes seen flying on warm, sunny, winter days, even when there is still snow on the ground.  Before flowers begin to bloom, they take nourishment by drinking sap that flows from the trees in the spring.

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: bluffs of lacrosse wi
June 7, 2015 9:04 pm
Found this guy munching on some leaves on a late night hike (around 2 am) on a trail going up miller bluff in lacrosse wi
Signature: Zach g

Humped Green Fruitworm

Humped Green Fruitworm

Dear Zach,
Our first thought was that this might be a Prominent Moth Caterpillar, but searching BugGuide did not produce any visual matches.  We next started going through Owlet Moth Caterpillars on BugGuide and it was there we found matching images of the Humped Green Fruitworm, the larva of the Copper Underwing,
Amphipyra pyramidoides.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae are general feeders on leaves of many broadleaf trees and shrubs, including apple, basswood, hawthorn, maple, oak, walnut, raspberry, grape, greenbrier (Smilax).”

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Subject: Overcame with bugs
Location: Southeast new mexico
June 5, 2015 6:34 pm
All of a sudden these showed up and within a week how do I get rid of them. In a week they killed a very healthy Spanish broom bush.
Signature: What to do

Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar

Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar

This is a Sophora Worm or Genista Broom Moth Caterpillar, Uresiphita reversalis, and a year ago they defoliated a Golden Chain Tree in our own Los Angeles garden.  The leaves grew back and the tree survived.

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Subject: large caterpillar, white/yellow body with red hair tufts
Location: Missouri, United States
June 1, 2015 6:26 pm
so despite my best efforts to identify this lil fella, I have not found anything coming close so I turn to this website which has helped me identify many things and taught me so much.
it was found on what seems to me like some sort of tall grass-type plant.
I’m keeping a log of all the sorts of caterpillars I find this year and would love to know the name of this one to write it down.
Signature: Stolz

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Stolz,
Your caterpillar is that of a Smeared Dagger Moth,
Acronicta oblinita, and you can compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution, larva may ‘sting’ if handled.”

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Subject: Leafy Caterpillar
Location: Tampa, FL
May 31, 2015 11:18 am
We saw this guy crawling across the sidewalk of a strip mall in Tampa, FL and were wondering what kind of caterpillar it is.
Signature: Nikki D.

bagworm

bagworm

Dear Nikki D.,
This is some species of Bagworm in the family Psychidae.  Bagworm caterpillars construct a shelter out of the plant material upon which they are feeding that acts as camouflage as well as protection.
  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae (bagworms) construct spindle-shaped bags covered with pieces of twigs, leaves, etc., and remain in them — enlarging the bags as they grow — until they pupate (also in the bag). Adult females remain in the bag, emitting pheromones which attract adult males to mate with them.”

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