Subject: Hairless and Bumpy, Yellow Caterpillar in Alaska
Geographic location of the bug: Eagle River/Anchorage AK
Time: 04:24 AM EDT
It’s Sept. 16 and fall is in full swing, most days are hanging around 60 degrees. I found this smooth yellow caterpillar while hiking around, and curious what it was! Unfortunately the poor fellow didn’t seem to be alive.
How you want your letter signed: NuttyMuffins
Dear Nutty Muffins,
Though it resembles a caterpillar, this is actually a Sawfly Larva, probably the Elm Sawfly. Sawflies are non-stinging relatives of wasps and bees. We love posting images of Alaskan insects. The adult Elm Sawfly is quite impressive.