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What caterpillar is this
Location: northern greece
July 22, 2011 7:47 am
Location: mountains of northern Greece. Hot 95 degree day. Found in our backyard. Under the olive trees and well watered grasses
Date: July 2011
thank you !!!
Signature: mom and kid

Great Peacock Moth Caterpillar

Dear mom and kid,
This is the caterpillar of the Great Peacock Moth,
Saturnia pyri, and you may verify our identification by viewing it on Kirby Wolfe’s website.  Vincent Van Gogh did a painting of the adult moth which you can view on this Van Gogh Gallery website.  The adult moth and caterpillar are both depicted on this Czechoslovakian postage stamp.

Great Peacock Moth and Caterpillar on Postage Stamp

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is this moth poisonous
Location: maryland
July 22, 2011 12:21 am
It looked like it had a stinger
Signature: ?

Royal Walnut Moth

Dear ?
Your moth is a Royal Walnut Moth and it does not have a stinger and it is not poisonous.  We find it interesting that you would suppose that it is a venomous species upon seeing the adult, because it is the fearsome looking caterpillar, the Hickory Horned Devil, that generally elicits such a supposition.  The frightfully spiny Hickory Horned Devil is also perfectly harmless.

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Moth size of Giant Swallowtail
Location:  Seminole, Florida
July 20, 2011  10:14 AM
Hi Daniel
Saw this at about 7:30a.m. today in front yard. I thought it
was a bat at first. Seminole ,Florida 33776
No exageration – it is the size of a “Giant” – Giant Swallowtail.
Sorry the pics aren’t better.
Do you know what it is?
Have a Great Day!

Black Witch

Hi Brent,
Your moth is a male Black Witch.  Females have light bands across the wings.  The Black Witch is a species associated with more tropical climates, though their northern migrations have been recorded for more that 100 years.  It is unclear why so many individuals fly north, as far as Canada, since their food plant, the acacia, does not grow in the North.  In recent years, the Black Witch has been reported to breed in the southernmost U.S.  We may be witnessing a range expansion due to global warming.  According to BugGuide:  “The northward migration out of Mexico is triggered by Mexico’s rainy season which typically starts in early June and lasts through October. Most US records are from June-August, with a considerable number of records from September-Novermber. [sic] Very few US records from December-May.”

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What is this thing???
Location: Mid Missouri
July 20, 2011 8:44 pm
My cousin found this bug or whatever it is in the bed of her truck. I nor anyone that I know have never seen anything like it?
Signature: Crystal

Newly Metamorposed Polyphemus Moth

Hi Crystal,
This is a newly metamorphosed male Polyphemus Moth whose wings have not yet fully expanded and hardened.

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Brown and red butterfly
Location: Colorado
July 21, 2011 3:44 am
Hey! You’re team is apparently very good at identifying insects and things, so I was wondering if you happen to know what this little creature is. My friend took the pictures at night outside is home in Colorado, but I’m pretty sure it’s a butterfly (since its wings are vertical in the second pic). Other than that, I am having no luck in identifying it. Any idea what kind of butterfly this is?
Signature: Mandooooo


Dear Mandooooo,
This is actually a moth and not a butterfly.  Underwing Moths in the genus
Catocala are characterized by drab forewings that blend in with tree bark, and boldly marked and colored underwings that show in flight.  If the moth is startled and flies, it displays its bright colors, but when it alights on a tree, it seems to vanish.  Any predators will be hunting for a brightly colored tasty morsel, and they may easily overlook the now camouflaged Underwing Moth.

Underwing Moth

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Black & Beige VERY LARGE insect..
Location: South Florida
July 21, 2011 7:05 am
Am located in South Florida and this insect was on my screen for the entire day. It is approxiamtely 2 1/2” long and is beieg and black. Hopefully, someone will be able to identify it for me. Thanks.
Signature: Terri

Banded Sphinx

Hi Terri,
There are two closely related Sphinx Moths in the genus
Eumorpha that look very similar, and they are easily confused.  You have a Banded Sphinx, Eumorpha fasciatus, and you may read about it on the Sphingidae of the Americas website.  BugGuide also has a nice description of the species. The caterpillars feed on plants in the primrose family.

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