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Subject:  pink dotted caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  goa india
Date: 06/10/2019
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  HI
my friend noticed this caterpillar.
here’s the photo i took . quite attractive colours.
I suppose it is a stage of a moth or butterfly
can you know what type moth or butterfly it turns into?
How you want your letter signed:  Carlos

Common Mime Caterpillar

Dear Carlos,
This caterpillar is quite colorful, but alas, we have not had any luck with an identification.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck.

Update:  June 11, 2019
Thanks to a comment from Karl, we now know that this is a Common Mime Caterpillar, Chilasa [Papilio] clytia.  According to Butterflies of Singapore:  “Across the range where this species occurs, the early stages feed on leaves of serveral plants in the Lauraceae family. The sole recorded local host plant, Cinnamomum iners (Common name: Clover Cinnamon, Wild Cinnamon), is a very common plant all over Singapore, readily found in nature reserves, gardens, parks and wastelands etc. It is a small to medium-sized tree with 3-nerved leaves. Eggs and early stages of the Common Mime are typically found on saplings at heights from knee to waist level.”

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Fieldale, VA
Date: 06/08/2019
Time: 08:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please help me identify this caterpillar I pulled off my hops plant in late May/early June?
How you want your letter signed:  Sandra Nester in VA

Questionmark Caterpillar

Dear Sandra,
When attempting to identify plant feeding insects, it is tremendously helpful to know the food plant.  Thanks for informing us this Caterpillar was feeding on hops.  We quickly identified it as the caterpillar of a Questionmark butterfly thanks to BugGuide.  Here is a BugGuide image that looks even more like your individual.  The adult Questionmark is a beautiful butterfly.

Questionmark Caterpillar

Subject:  Unknown Caterpillar/Chrysallis
Geographic location of the bug:  Coryell County, TX
Date: 05/04/2019
Time: 12:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! Hope you are both well.
It was quite exciting to discover this little caterpillar attaching itself to a Kiowa Pecan sapling after a rainstorm. I’ve been getting photos of the chrysallis each day, and seeing amazing changes daily. We’ve had multiple thunderstorms and high wind (hence the staking of the sapling, not my preference but necessary on this hilltop). Temps 60-80 degrees, gusty winds, high humidity. Dates May 1, 2, and 3.
If I were to hazard a guess, I’d say this may be a Checkered White?
Thank you for all of your help. We live next to a green space now, lots of butterflies and birds… among other various living things 😉
How you want your letter signed:  Ellen

Checkered White Caterpillar

Hi Ellen,
How nice to hear from you.  We apologize for the delay.  Daniel is currently in Ohio for Mother’s Day and there is excruciatingly slow internet here.  We agree with you that this is a Checkered White caterpillar (see BugGuide) and chrysalis (see BugGuide).  Perhaps you will be lucky enough to witness and photograph the eclosion of the adult butterfly.

Checkered White Chrysalis

Thank you so much! I’ll continue photographing and checking the chrysalis each day. It appears to be doing well despite the ongoing rain and wind. Best wishes, and safe journey to Daniel.

Checkered White Chrysalis

Subject:  WTF
Geographic location of the bug:  St. Augustine FL
Date: 04/21/2019
Time: 08:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you tell us what this is before we leave the state? Have lived in Florida for 17 years and have seen some strange bugs but this one takes the cake.
How you want your letter signed:  Dennis

Orange Dog

Dear Dennis,
This is the Caterpillar of a Giant Swallowtail, commonly called an Orange Dog because they feed on the leaves of orange trees and other citrus.

Subject:  Decimators
Geographic location of the bug:  North-East Coast of Taiwan
Date: 02/15/2019
Time: 05:23 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Learn’d Fellows,
Every year at this time, my wild fig, having just sent forth it’s tremulous new leaves, is malevolently machete’d bare by these horned devil mowers. I have transplanted them to a wilder fig. Still I would  like to know my foe. Some deep-leaf sleeper-cells remain. Thanking you, in solidarity, ever-vigilantly.
How you want your letter signed:  Castellano

Common Mapwing Caterpillars

Dear Castellano,
We believe these are butterfly caterpillars from the family Nymphalidae, and that is where we are going to begin our research.  Thanks for providing the host plant.  That is often extremely helpful, and that information quickly produced this FlickR image of a Common Map Butterfly Caterpillar,
Cyrestis thyodamas, and the poster wrote:  “The curious mind must ask, why is this caterpillar like this?  My observational response is that these larvae feed on the new leaves of Ficus trees. Developing shoots appear as tightly swirled red tips at the ends of branches and these caterpillars line themselves up along the axis of open leaves, heads closest to the origin of the leaf, with their spines imitating the fresh foliage that is developing.”  We like the name Common Mapwing which is used on Learn About Butterflies where it states:  “The Common Mapwing is usually encountered singly or in two’s and three’s, in open forest edge habitats. Males are often seen on gravel roads or along pebble-strewn river beaches, where they bask in full sunlight while imbibing mineralised moisture. They are initially nervous and difficult to approach but once they start imbibing they tend to remain at the same spot for several minutes.  Females are seen less often, but sometimes encountered along forest trails, or nectaring at flowers in forest gardens.  Both sexes habitually rest beneath leaves with their wings outspread.  Less commonly they will bask on the upper surface of large leaves, but tend to only do so in areas of dappled sunlight.”  This represents a new species for our site.

Thank you for your gracious and comprehensive reply. I look forward to metamorphosis.
Their beauty is far from common.


Subject:  Caterpillar found in Vietnam
Geographic location of the bug:  Vietnam
Date: 01/20/2019
Time: 03:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you ID this creature?
How you want your letter signed:  Connie E

Baron Caterpillar

Dear Connie,
This is a Baron Caterpillar in the genus
Euthalia.  There is a similar looking image on Jungle Dragon.