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Subject:  Can you help me identify this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 09:49 PM EDT
Photographed this tiny dinosaur like caterpillar in the campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru, India.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug Identified

Common Rose Caterpillar

We were immediately struck by the resemblance your Caterpillar has to the North American Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, so we decided to research that lead and found images of the Common Rose Caterpillar, Pachliopta aristolochiae, on Wikimedia Commons that look exactly like your individual.  Images of the adult Common Rose are pictured on Butterflies of India.  The entire life cycle of the Common Rose is also pictured on Butterflies of India.

Common Rose Caterpillar

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Subject:  Common Buckeye, maybe
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern New Mexico
Date: 10/28/2017
Time: 05:54 PM EDT
I found this guy flitting around in my yard.  He landed in the grass and posed for several pictures.  I thought he was perfect for fall – brown, orange, cream, along with great eyespots.  Looking on your site, I found the Common Buckeye, they looked like a match.  For all that it is a “common” butterfly, I don’t recall seeing one before.  It looked like your last Common Buckeye submission was from a few years ago, so I thought I’d send it in.
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Common Buckeye

Dear Curious,
We believe this is a Common Buckeye, but according to BugGuide, the similar looking Tropical Buckeye is also found New Mexico.

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Subject:  Query regarding a thingamajig bug
Geographic location of the bug:  IN North India
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 05:06 AM EDT
I plucked this thing from my mango tree and now I want to know more about it .
How you want your letter signed:  Ayush

Baron Butterfly Chrysalis

Dear Ayush,
This is such a geometrically angular butterfly chrysalis, that we were very excited to attempt to identify it.  Thanks so much for indicating the food plant is mango, because we quickly identified this Baron Butterfly chrysalis, 
Euthalia aconthea, thanks to Alamy.  According to Daily Mail:  “The species is common in Singapore and is usually found on mango tree leaves and is sometimes considered a pest. Eventually, the caterpillar metamorphosizes into a butterfly, via a green, leaf-like chrysalis.”  According to Butterflies of Singapore:  “Eight days later, the pupa becomes considerably darkened, especially in the wing case area, signaling the end of the development of the adult still encased within. The next day, the adult butterfly emerges.”

Baron Butterfly Chrysalis

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Subject:  What’s this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  New Delhi, India
Date: 10/13/2017
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
Hi we found this caterpillar on a pole in our society. This is October so the weather is slowly turning cool. My daughter is very keen on watching its metamorphosis. But we really need to know what to feed it. Otherwise we will put it back in the garden. So need a quick reply.  Many thanks.
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Mrinalini Singh

Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Mrinalini,
We believe this is the caterpillar of a butterfly in the family Papilionidae, many of which are known as Swallowtails, but we cannot provide anything more specific at this time.  The Butterflies of India site has images of many butterflies from the family.

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Subject:  What moth/butterfly does this chrysalis belong to?
Geographic location of the bug:  Baltimore Maryland
Date: 10/11/2017
Time: 04:15 PM EDT
Hello this chrysalis has been hanging from one of the main entrance doors to our school here in Baltimore Maryland.  It is fascinating!  What is it?  Thank you in advance for your time and reply.
How you want your letter signed:  Nathan Glenn

Chrysalis of a Variegated Fritillary

Dear Nathan,
This beautiful chrysalis is that of a Variegated Fritillary,
Euptoieta claudia, which you may verify by comparing it to this BugGuide image.

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Subject:  Caterpillars
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California, U.S.A
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 04:23 PM EDT
Hi! So I was just watering my lemon tree when I found this little weirdo hanging out. He’s 2 inches long and is a very thick boi. He seems to have only eaten 3ish leaves, so I think a bird dropped him or something. He was moving a bit when I found him, but he’s been completely still for the past 10 minutes. There are also these clear dot things I can’t tell if they’re eggs or not.
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Orange Dog

This is the caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail, commonly called an Orange Dog because they feed on the leaves or orange and other citrus trees.  The do not do enough damage to be considered a problem.

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