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Subject: What is it ?
Location: Ashford ct
September 17, 2016 7:29 am
Hello. I found this cool guy crawling along the road. He looks almost scaley. I’d love to know what it is. Thank you
Signature: Nicole Whitney

Ello Sphinx Hornworm

Hermit Sphinx Hornworm

Dear Nicole,
We believe this is the Hornworm of an Ello Sphinx,
Erinnyis ello, but according to Sphingidae of the Americas, it is only listed as a stray in Connecticut, meaning adult moths sometimes are found.  If there are caterpillars, it is naturalized.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “Larvae can be quite varied.”  There is an image on BugGuide of a similarly colored Ello Sphinx Hornworm.  The Ello Sphinx Hornworm is described on BugGuide as being:  “Horn reduced to a low point, arising from an elevated angular hump.  In the last instar, the horn is reduced to a nub.  Eyespot over the third thoracic segment is hidden in the resting caterpillar.  Ornately banded thoracic and prolegs.  Length to 7cm.”  We will check with Bill Oehlke if he agrees with our identification.

Bill Oehlke Provides Correction:  Hermit Sphinx
Lintneria eremitus.
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Ed. Note:  See Sphingidae of the Americas for information on the Hermit Sphinx.

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Subject: chrysalis
Location: southern Pennsylvania rural
September 12, 2016 1:31 pm
This chrysalis is hanging above my garage— can you identify it? Thank you !
Signature: Jennifer T

Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis

Variegated Fritillary Chrysalis

Dear Jennifer,
This chrysalis of a Variegated Fritillary,
Euptoieta claudia, is positively gorgeous.  According to BugGuide, the butterfly is sometimes called the Hortensia and “Larvae feed on Violets & Pansy (Viola), Flax (Linum), Passion Vine (Passiflora), Damiana (Turnera), Moonseed (Menispermum), Mayapple (Podophyllum), Stonecrop (Sedum), Purslane (Portulaca) and others. Adults are fond of flowers, and especially seem to like Thistles and yellow Composites. They also frequently visit damp ground.”

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Subject: Fat Weird Caterpillar
Location: Maryland
September 11, 2016 5:27 pm
Hey!
Apparently this fell on my cousin out of a tree (no worries she put it back and it was NOT harmed in anyway) and I’m not quite sure what it is, perhaps you may know? I’ve never seen one like it around here, but maybe it’s common? Let me know when you get the chance and thank you for all you do!
Signature: Rochelle

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Rochelle,
This is the caterpillar of an Imperial Moth, and its size and color indicate that it is getting ready to transform into a pupa, which it does underground.  When that time approaches, the normally green caterpillar changes color and loses interest in eating leaves.  It falls or descends to the ground and find a suitable place to dig.  While your cousin had good intentions to place it back in the tree, this individual most likely immediately set upon getting back on the ground.  Because of your cousins kind intentions, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Hello Daniel!
Thank you so much for getting back to me, you literally made my day! I work at a bagel shop where we have a dry erase board where we put fun facts and trivia for people to look at while they eat and I’m going to make the caterpillar of the Imperial Moth the Animal of the day! Ill send you a picture when it’s done! Thank you again, you and your team are truly great people and its awesome to know that there are other bug friendly enthusiasts out there! Have a wonderful evening,
Rochelle

Female Imperial Moth

Female Imperial Moth

In honor of you and your peeps and for the magnificent creature that is the Imperial moth. I’m actually a decent artist but its hard to draw with dry erase markers.. Also I just saved an Imperial Moth from the hallway of my apartment a few weeks ago and I’m pretty mad at myself for not knowing what the pre-pupa form looked like… Either way, thank you again for the response and keep up the good work!
Rochelle

Imperial Moth Art

Imperial Moth Art  (click to enlarge)

Wow, thanks for the awesome update.

No problem! I’m honestly just thrilled that you took the time to write back and now that I know you have a book for sale… 😀

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Subject: what is this caterpillar
Location: southern Ohio, in my backyard on a vine
September 11, 2016 2:22 pm
I’m from southern Ohio and there’s a caterpillar in my backyard and I’m curious as to what it is. It’s about as long as my hand and was eating leaves off of a Virginia creeper, a vining plant. I’ve tried looking for it on google and the closest I could find was tersa sphinx but I’m not sure that’s it.
Signature: Lizzie

Pandorus Sphinx

Pandorus Sphinx

Dear Lizzie,
The lateral composition of your image of a Pandorus Sphinx on its food plant, Virginia Creeper, would make a perfect study for an entomological illustration.

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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Fairfax Va
September 11, 2016 2:52 pm
Saw this at our pool today in Fairfax va….it has suction cup like feet…seemed to be sensing with a probiscus like nose that had thing extending out of it…
Signature: Finbar

Answered the question I believe it is
This….  http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2010/10/13/swallowtail-caterpillar-two-tailed-swallowtail-or-western-tiger-swallowtail/

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Probably Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Finbar,
While your caterpillar looks very similar to the link to our archives you cited, your Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar is most likely the originally described Eastern species,
Papilio glaucus.  While the appearances of the caterpillars of the three different Eastern species, we concede that you might have encountered an Appalacian Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar as you are within the BugGuide listed sightings, though there are no actual Virginia sightings.  You are a little too far south to likely be the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, which BugGuide reports only documented sightings considerably north of you, with the closest being Pennsylvania.

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Subject: Red caterpillar Blue bumps
Location: St. John US Virgin Islands
September 11, 2016 1:10 pm
In May 2016 I photographed this caterpillar and can not find any information on it. Can you help ID this caterpillar?
Signature: Michael Wojdak

Faithful Beauty Caterpillar

Faithful Beauty Caterpillar

Dear Michael,
This is the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth,
Composia fidelissima, that commonly goes by the names Faithful Beauty and Uncle Sam Moth.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Now I can label the photo on my wall, this really helps. Be well!!!

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