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Subject:  Chrysalis
Geographic location of the bug:  Hampton, VA
Date: 10/04/2017
Time: 05:22 PM EDT
Found this guy on my front porch. I’ve seen similar shaped ones but not same color.
How you want your letter signed:  Elissa S.

Red Spotted Purple Chrysalis

Dear Elissa,
This looks to us like the chrysalis of a Red Spotted Purple based on this BugGuide image and this BugGuide image.

Subject:  What is going on here?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia
Date: 09/05/2017
Time: 03:23 PM EDT
Hello, what exactly is going on here, and what insect am I looking at? A very pretty green with gold sparkles!
How you want your letter signed:  Caroline

Monarch Chrysalis

Dear Caroline,
This is a the chrysalis or pupa of a Monarch Butterfly.  The Greek and Latin origins of the word chrysalis is gold, referring to the gold flecks often seen on many chrysalides, including the image you submitted.  When eclosion time nears, the orange wings of the Monarch Butter are visible through the exoskeleton.

Subject:  Request ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Sanjay Van, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, India
Date: 09/02/2017
Time: 11:18 AM EDT
Request ID please
How you want your letter signed:  Aparna Laad

Nymphalidae Chrysalis

Dear Aparna,
This is the chrysalis of a Brush-Footed Butterfly in the family Nymphalidae.  We will attempt a species identification for you, but chrysalis identifications are not easy to make.

Subject: Red Spotted Purple Caterpillar
Location: High Springs, Fl.
August 15, 2017 3:10 pm
Just wanted to share these photos of a Red Spotted Purple caterpillar that was on my wild cherry tree. My husband got me the tree so that I could have the butterflies but we get very few of them. Their survival rate is low on our property due to so many predators. For protection the next ones to show up are going into the habitat with cuttings . They do become gorgeous butterflies.
Signature: Elizabeth

Red Spotted Purple Caterpillar

Dear Elizabeth,
Thanks so much for sending in your images of a Red Spotted Purple Caterpillar.  We agree that the Red Spotted Purple is a gorgeous butterfly, and sometime back we waxed philosophically that it might be the prettiest North American butterfly.

Subject: Caterpillar?
Location: Florida Panhandle
July 19, 2017 7:29 am
Would love to know what this little guy is. Caught him eating my apple tree so i remove him and took him someplace else away from my trer
Signature: -Curious Tree Owner

Red Spotted Purple Caterpillar

Dear Curious Tree Owner,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident that this is the caterpillar of a Red Spotted Purple, arguably one of the most beautiful North American butterflies.  A single caterpillar is not going to do any serious damage to your apple tree by feeding on leaves, and caterpillars removed from their host plant generally have little chance for survival.  We hope in the future, should you encounter another Red Spotted Purple Caterpillar feeding on your apple tree leaves, you will show a little more tolerance and allow it to remain.  In the event you still feel compelled to remove solitary Red Spotted Purple Caterpillars from your apple tree, BugGuide does provide this list of potential host plants:  “A variety of deciduous trees: willows and poplars (Willow family), cherries, apples and pears (Rose family), birches (Birch family), oaks and beeches (Beech family), Basswood (Linden family) and others. Also recorded from currant and blueberry bushes.”

You’ll be happy to know I found the little guy and placed it back on the tree. 🙂

Wow, we are happy we caught your request early.  For your kindness, we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Subject: West Los Angeles sighting – Monarch 1
Location: West Los Angeles
July 6, 2017 8:26 am
Hi Bugman,
Here’s the first set of pictures of Monarchs
Signature: Jeff Bremer

Mating Monarch Butterflies

Dear Jeff,
Thank you so much for sending your gorgeous images documenting the complete life cycle of the Monarch butterfly.  It is going to take us a healthy chunk of time to format all your images and set up the posting properly so we are just starting by posting an image of a mating pair of Monarchs.  The male is the individual with the open wings, and the female appears to have been tagged because her hind wings have what appears to be an inked marking.  We can also identify the male, according to BugGuide, because:  “Males have scent-scale patches on hindwings, prominent when wings are open, and just possible to see when wings are folded.”  Over the course of the day, we hope to get all your excellent images added to the posting.

Male Monarch

Hi Daniel,
I don’t have complete life cycles for the rest of the butterflies that have graced our back yard, but I’ll send in what I have.  Regarding the Marine Blue, I can resend them with the other pics.  The ones I sent seemed to have unusual coloring.
By the way, I want to thank you for so graciously accepting my pictures.  It makes me happy to be able to share them.

Female Monarch

Nectaring Monarchs

Ovipositing Female Monarch

Monarch Egg

Monarch Caterpillar Hatchling

Monarch Caterpillar

Prepupal Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis

Monarch Chrysalis (adult about to emerge)

Newly Eclosed Monarch

Emerged Adult Monarch

Monarch Nursery