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Subject:  what in the world?
Geographic location of the bug:  Blue Ridge Mtns, NC
Date: 09/23/2018
Time: 08:50 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  found hanging in a tree.  stung head when walked under it.  felt like bee sting.
dont know if its a bug or a flower.
How you want your letter signed:  Bug or Flower?

Saddleback Caterpillar

You were stung by a Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars are capable of inflicting lasting and painful stings with their spines.”

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Subject:  Gorgeous Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  East Central Indiana Winchester
Date: 09/18/2018
Time: 03:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Bugman,
I found this guy in the parking lot of my office. We are located near a small creek with some brush. I was hoping you could help me identify this bug!
How you want your letter signed:  Ann

White-Lined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Ann,
This is just one of several different color variations of the Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar.  You may see other color variations here and here.

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Subject:  Red Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver Colorado
Date: 09/17/2018
Time: 05:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Any idea what kind of bug this is? I’m 99% sure it is a caterpillar, but can’t find a similar one online. It is definitely a creature of some sort, it moved when I tried to pick it up.
How you want your letter signed:  Robin

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Robin,
This is a third instar Pandorus Sphinx Caterpillar, and here is a matching image from BugGuide.  According to Sphingidae of the Americas:  “L3: At this stage, the larvae look quite different. The long straight horn now curves and looks strikingly similar to a
Parthenocissus quinquefolia tendril. The larvae can be yellowish, green, brownish or reddish with 5 white eyespots around the spiracles on the sides of the larvae.”  Your individual has not yet shed its caudal horn.

Correction:  Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar
Thanks to a correction from frequent WTB? contributor Bostjan Dvorak, we acknowledge our initial mistake.

 

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Superior, Arizona
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 07:31 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Seen crawling on a path in Boyce Thompson Arboretum
How you want your letter signed:  Lucy Lancaster

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Lucy,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar, a species with several color morphs, including a dark variant we just posted.  Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillars are prove to periodical population explosions, especially in areas of the arid Southwest.

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeastern South Dakota
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 09:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of moth will this become?  Is the caterpillar dangerous to my flowers?
How you want your letter signed:  Susan

Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Susan,
This is a Whitelined Sphinx Caterpillar, and the adult Whitelined Sphinx is often confused for a hummingbird when it visits blossoms during the crepuscular time of day.  Most caterpillars feed on leaves and they do not do appreciable damage to plants unless they are quite numerous and the plant is already stressed due to other factors.

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Subject:  Spikey Caterpiller
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern Ohio
Date: 09/16/2018
Time: 01:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this outside of my home in southern Ohio, is this a brush footed Caterpillar? Are they harmful to humans?
How you want your letter signed:  Shane

Buckmoth Caterpillar

Dear Shane,
Though there are many spiny caterpillars in the Brush Footed Butterfly family Nymphalidae, we believe your caterpillar is a Buckmoth Caterpillar,
Hemileuca maia, based on this BugGuide image.

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