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Subject:  Beautiful caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Just 10 miles west of Portland, OR
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 01:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this beautiful little guy munching on the leaf of my blueberry bush. Today is July 8th, the berries are just beginning to turn ripe.
How you want your letter signed:  Jan in Portland OR

Paddle Caterpillar

Dear Jan,
We have a nearly identical image in our archives, also from Oregon, of a Paddle Caterpillar,
Acronicta funeralis

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Subject: Unknown caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Roaring springs, TX
Date: 06/12/2019
Time: 02:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this Caterpillar on a herping trip and have been having trouble identifying it. It was found in early morning around 8:45am on the 1st of June. Not sure what plant it was on though. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Lisa

Hooded Owlet Caterpillar

Dear Lisa,
This is one of the Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillars in the genus
Cucullia.  We believe we have correctly identified it as Cucullia laetifica, thanks to BugGuide images and data on the range which includes Texas.

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Subject:  Mr. Caterpillar, WHO are YOU?
Geographic location of the bug:  San Diego, CA
Date: 04/04/2019
Time: 11:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My 6-year-old wants to be an entomologist when he grows up. As he puts it, “I care for the earth and small creatures!” He found this caterpillar at the park today. He eagerly consulted his beloved Southern California Butterfly/Moth Pamphlet, but this caterpillar was not pictured. I promised him I’d ask you for help!
How you want your letter signed:  SoCal Insect Hobbyists

Cutworm

Dear SoCal Insect Hobbyists,
This is a Cutworm, the common name for many caterpillars in the subfamily Noctuinae.  Cutworms are reviled by many home gardeners because of the manner in which the caterpillars feed.  Cutworms will cut a sprouting plant at ground level in order to feed, effectively killing newly sprouted plants and seriously jeopardizing the survival of larger plants that might be able to sprout back from the roots.  Most Cutworms develop into drab, brown moths.

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Subject:  Caterpillar identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Northern Illinois at Wisconsin border
Date: 02/07/2019
Time: 11:47 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this caterpillar stuck to the ice on 2-6-19, in the middle of winter during a period of very wintery weather.  It was in the yard, no where near any trees or bushes.  The temps have been generally near freezing, but we did have a warming a few days ago (temps in the high 40s) which was just after a sever cold (-27 neg numbers 3 days in a row).  This caterpillar had its back feet frozen into the ice but its body was soft and it is still alive after being warmed in the house.
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Winter Cutworm

Dear Steve,
This is a Cutworm in the family Noctuidae, and based on the time of year and the conditions under which it was found, we are confident it is a Winter Cutworm,
Noctua pronuba, the caterpillar of the invasive Large Yellow Underwing.  According to BugGuide:  “Introduced from Europe to Nova Scotia in 1979, this species has since spread north to the Arctic Ocean, west to the Pacific, and south to the Gulf of Mexico.”

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Subject:  Caterpillar ID?
Geographic location of the bug:  Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge, Occoquan, Virginia
Date: 09/08/2018
Time: 05:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
I observed (and guarded) this Caterpillar crossing the road, and I can’t seem to find a reference with anything even close. Perhaps you can help? Thanks in Advance.
How you want your letter signed:  Seth

Yellow Necked Caterpillar

Dear Seth,
Based on this BugGuide image, we are confident this is a Yellow Necked Caterpillar,
Datana ministra.  According to BugGuide:  “Early instars feed gregariously and skeletonize leaves.  The larvae feed on Malus, Quercus, Betula and Salix species. Young larvae skeletonise the leaves of their host plant. Later, they feed on all of the leaf except the leaf stalk. They feed in groups.”

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Subject:  Caterpillars
Geographic location of the bug:  New Jersey
Date: 08/26/2018
Time: 12:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I would like to identify this bug
How you want your letter signed:  Kenneth ueland

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Kenneth,
This is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar,
Acronicta americana, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of alder, ash, birch, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, walnut, willow and other deciduous trees.”

 

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