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Subject: Stinging caterpillar
January 8, 2017 1:21 am
Hi here is the photo of the caterpillar. Stinging slug?
Signature: Vaughan

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Vaughan,
You are correct that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  This individual on iSpot looks very similar, but alas, it is only identified to the family level.  This individual on iSpot is not identified either.  We then located a posting on iSpot that looks very similar that is identified as
Stroter intermissa, but we have not been able to verify that elsewhere on the internet.

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Subject: Argema mittrei life stages
Location: Madagascar
January 6, 2017 11:47 am
Dear Daniel,
with my best wishes for 2017, I’d like to send You a drawing with Argema mittrei life stages as a little Christmas present…
Signature: Bostjan Dvorak

Life Cycle of Argema mittrei by Bostjan Dvorak

Happy New Year Bostjan,
Thank you for submitting your beautiful drawing. 
Argema mittrei is really a beautiful Giant Silkmoth.  While we do not have any images on our site of that species, we do have an image of a relative from the African mainland, Argema mimosae, on our site.  We also have an image of what we believe to be the Caterpillar of Argema mimosae.  Perhaps you can let us know if that identification is correct. Mada Magazine has a nice article on the Madagascar Moon Moth or Comet Moth.

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Key West
January 6, 2017 11:17 am
Florida Keys, about 2″ long. I put him on my tree. Thanks!
Signature: Alison

Io Moth Caterpillar

Dear Alison,
Your caterpillar is that of an Io Moth.  Your dorsal view hides the dramatic red and white stripes on the side of the Io Moth Caterpillar.  Handle the Io Moth Caterpillar with caution as they have stinging spines.  The adult Io Moth is a beautiful Silkmoth with stunning eyespots.

Oooo, thank you. I let him crawl on a credit card and then put him on the tree.
Thanks again!
Alison Johnson

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: KauAi
December 30, 2016 10:26 am
Found in my home on Kauai. It’s pretty small…a little bigger than a cantaloupe seed.. I’ve seen a few individual ones at different times…. should I be concerned?
Signature: Mahalo, Shannon

Case Bearing Moth Larva

Dear Shannon,
This is the larva of a Case Bearing Moth, a species found in proximity to humans throughout the world.  Though we do consider them to be household pests, they do not do significant damage.  They will eat shed pet hair and other organic detritus found in the home, and we have posted images of them getting into pet food.

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Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Northern Virginia
January 5, 2017 7:50 am
Found these in early fall in Northern Virginia. Can’t find a picture of it anywhere. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Chad

White Flannel Moth Caterpillars

Dear Chad,
You should handle these White Flannel Moth Caterpillars,
Norape ovina, with caution because according to BugGuide:  “Caterpillar has stinging spines.”

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Subject: Swallowtail Catterpillar
Location: New Delhi India
January 4, 2017 4:55 am
You’ve been very helpful till now, i found this fat big caterpillar, i think it is a swallowtail, but which species ?
thank you kindly
Signature: Aditi

Oleander Hawkmoth Hornworm

Dear Aditi,
This is not a Swallowtail Caterpillar, and it is not even a Butterfly Caterpillar, but rather a Hawkmoth Caterpillar, commonly called a Hornworm.  It is an Oleander Hawkmoth Hornworm.  It will mature into an Oleander Hawkmoth, so we are speculating there was an oleander shrub nearby.  The species is not found without oleander.

Hey Daniel,
I figured after sending you a request, as i was googling more caterpillars with black markings, we have Yellow Oleander trees in access. Thanks,

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