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Subject:  What are these caterpillars
Geographic location of the bug:  Selma, texas
Date: 11/02/2018
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these caterpillars on a potted plant I had.  They have eaten almost all the leaves that I can’t remember what kind of plant it was.  I’m almost sure it was an Impatien.   I think they’re the same caterpillar but not sure.  What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Delia

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillars

Dear Delia,
These appear to be the caterpillars of the Tersa Sphinx, which occurs in both green and brown forms.  Are you sure the plant was
Impatiens?  A preferred food plant for the Tersa Sphinx is Pentas, according to Sphingidae of the Americas.

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

Daniel,  thank you for your quick response.  You’re correct,  these were Pentas.  I just couldn’t remember what kind of plant it was
Delia

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Subject:  caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug:  St Petersburg FL
Date: 10/27/2018
Time: 02:03 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I was just hoping you might be able to help me identify this large caterpillar found on my fence this morning
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, NAS

Unknown Hornworm

Dear NAS,
This is a Hornworm, the caterpillar of a Sphinx Moth in the family Sphingidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  Though your individual reminds us of the Hornworm of a Ficus Sphinx, it is not one of the typical color variations we see in that species.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to provide a species identification

Unknown Hornworm

Update:  November 1, 2018
We received several comments indicating this is a member of the genus Erinnyis, and Cesar Crash provided this BugGuide link to the Alope Sphinx larva.

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Subject:  Strange furry purple caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida panhandle
Date: 10/23/2018
Time: 05:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hey bug man this little guy fell out of a tree in my windshield on my way home today  I’m semi new to Florida and know there are lots of crazy bugs here. Never seen one of these tho. It is about an inch long dark purple with some reddish orange on the underbelly. Did a reverse image search to try to find the species. No luck. Made it all the way home and took him off the car and realeased him in the grass. Thanks for any help!
How you want your letter signed:  Jordon

Monkey Slug

Dear Jordon,
You should be commended on even recognizing that the Monkey Slug is a caterpillar.  Handle with caution.  Monkey Slugs can sting.

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Antigua Guatemala
Date: 10/21/2018
Time: 03:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello,
I found these caterpillars in my garden in Antigua Guatemala in July.
I made some research and it could be a Costa Rican hairy caterpillar (Automeris metzli ?) but I am not sure as Antigua is located at 1600 m in the mountains…
What do you think ?
Thank you !
How you want your letter signed:  Voiz

Automeris Caterpillar

Dear Voiz,
We believe you have the genus
Automeris correct, but we are not certain of the species.  It looks to us like it might be Automeris boucardi, but we will check with Bill Oehlke to see if he can verify the species identity.

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Subject:  Big caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Oklahoma
Date: 10/06/2018
Time: 02:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
My friend and I were walking yesterday and came across this beauty.  Could you please tell us what it is?  Thanks for the help!
How you want your letter signed:  Dana and Laurie

Luna Moth Caterpillar

Dear Dana and Laurie,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar in the family Saturniidae, and based on this BugGuide image, we are nearly certain it is a pre-pupal Luna Moth Caterpillar.  This species often turns from green to orange as its time for pupation approaches.

Thank you so much for the information!  My 2nd graders just submitted an entry to the Ugly Bug Contest so I’m really paying attention to bugs right now.  I’ll share this experience with them so that they know that this is available to them.  Really appreciate your time!
Dana Stair
Gifted Resources Coordinator
Jefferson Elementary
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Subject:  Found on Arizona Cypress
Geographic location of the bug:  Boca Raton, FL
Date: 10/06/2018
Time: 05:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  After seeing my Cypress being infected by something – it seemed like it occurred overnight – I checked it carefully and found this pine cone looking creature on my cypress, pulled it off and it MOVED in my hand! When I put it on the ground, a caterpillar-looking creature stuck it’s head out. I actually removed thousands which I think can be called a severe infestation.  (Is it a saw fly larvae.)
How can I stop further destruction to my tree? And avoid cross contamination to another cypress nearby.
How you want your letter signed:  Carol in Boca

Bagworms

Dear Carol in Boca,
You have Bagworms, the larvae of a moth in the family Psychidae.  According to BugGuide:  “
Larvae (bagworms) construct spindle-shaped bags covered with pieces of twigs, leaves, etc., and remain in them — enlarging the bags as they grow — until they pupate (also in the bag). Adult females remain in the bag, emitting pheromones which attract adult males to mate with them.  Eggs are laid inside the bag, and when they hatch the larvae crawl away to begin construction of their own individual cases.”  We do not provide extermination advice.

Thank you Daniel for the weekend answer.  They are marvelous creatures that disguise themselves EXTREMELY well. For my next mission: to make sure I see them and get rid of them well before they multiply.
Carol
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