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Subject:  Unknown glowing caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Avoca IA
Date: 06/17/2019
Time: 08:41 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this at night, glowing on the ground next to my home.  I live in a rural area.  I have not seen anything wit this glow pattern before or since. It was found June 2 at 10 pm.  I returned to where I found it after photographing it. I am attaching a picture with the lights on so you can see the caterpillar and one with the lights off so you can see its glow.
How you want your letter signed:  Yvonne

Glowworm

Dear Yvonne,
This is a Glowworm, the larva of a Beetle in the family Phengodidae, not a Caterpillar.  Here is a similar looking image from BugGuide that is also from Iowa.

Glowworm Glowing

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Avoca, Iowa

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