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Subject:  Caterpillar Chiang Mai Thailand
Geographic location of the bug:  Chiang Mai Thailand
Date: 09/29/2017
Time: 02:44 AM EDT
Would like to know what is it called and is it poisonous / itchy. Do want to try. Quick searches on the web look like Dice Moth Caterpillar but a different color? Rhanidophora Ridens.
Found it on leaves of a small bush near a creek. September 29th 2017  temperature here is 31 to 24c tail end of rainy season.
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I think I found it.
Tinolius eburneigutta
Hope that save you some time.
Best regards,

Noctuoid Caterpillar: Tinolius eburneigutta

Dear Eric,
Your images are gorgeous, and so is the caterpillar.  Thanks for getting back to us with your identification of
Tinolius eburneigutta.  We found it pictured on Insects in Indian Agroecosystems, pBase and on Project Noah.

Noctuoid Caterpillar: Tinolius eburneigutta

Noctuoid Caterpillar: Tinolius eburneigutta

Subject:  Spider & Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  SE MN
Date: 09/27/2017
Time: 10:17 PM EDT
I find th spider on my front door last week, summer like temps, 75° F @ 7:45 am. It was about the size of a Kennedy Half Dollar, I got my neighbor to relocate it off my door.
The caterpillar I  found  outside at work about 2  years ago,  late August  early September,  moderate  summer temps.  It was too neat and pretty to not take a  picture of.
I don’t have any idea what kind either of them are.
How you want your letter signed:  Jane

American Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Jane,
Your caterpillar is an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar and you can verify our identification by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of alder, ash, birch, elm, hickory, maple, oak, poplar, walnut, willow and other deciduous trees” and “The caterpillar’s hairs can cause skin irritation.”  Your spider is a harmless Banded Orbweaver.

Subject:  Spiny caterpillar for ID
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Virginia, USA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 12:59 PM EDT
Early autumn in Virginia — mid-September
Found this caterpillar on an Eastern Bluestar (Amsonia) plant in my garden
About 1.5 inches long
How you want your letter signed: VirginiaGardenGal

Long Winged Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Virginia Garden Gal,
We suspected this to be a Dagger Moth Caterpillar from the genus
Acronicta, a large and diverse genus with several spiny caterpillars.  We eventually identified your caterpillar as that of a Long Winged Dagger Moth, Acronicta illustris, thanks to this and other BugGuide images.  It appears as though this caterpillar might be capable of stinging.

Long Winged Dagger Moth Caterpillar

Subject:  Please don’t be a Budworm
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 05:56 PM EDT
Dear Bugman,
Today while inspecting my medical marijuana plants, I discovered this caterpillar. I also discovered some brown buds. Is this a dreaded Budworm?
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Tobacco Budworm

Dear Constant Gardener,
This does appear to be a Tobacco Budworm,
Heliothis virescens.  According to Rollitup:  “The tobacco budworm varies greatly in appearance so it can easily be confused with other species. Making an accurate ID of your attacker can be important because some species have built up resistances to certain treatments. Luckily for us growers, if you find a caterpillar on your plants you can be 99% sure its a tobacco budworm. If you live in Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia or Asia its going to be the species Helicoverpa armigera. If you live anywhere else its going to be the species Heliothis virescens. The distinction between these two species is not important however since they can both be treated using the same methods.  Most people find the larval form (caterpillar) on their plants so I won’t spend much time describing the adult moth. The caterpillars are initially pale green and often have black dots covering their body. Thin dark lines run down the length of the abdomen and tend to be darker around the second and third segments. As the larva ages (progresses in instars) the black dots may develop a red border around them. The abdomen is also covered with numerous microspines that give the caterpillar a rough feel. The head capsule is nearly always a light brown color. Again I wouldn’t worry too much if this description doesn’t completely match up with the caterpillar you find. There is great phenotypic variation in the tobacco budworm so there can be different colors and designs.”  According to Featured Creatures:  “Tobacco budworm is principally a field crop pest, attacking such crops as alfalfa, clover, cotton, flax, soybean, and tobacco. However, it sometimes attacks such vegetables as cabbage, cantaloupe, lettuce, pea, pepper, pigeon pea, squash, and tomato, especially when cotton or other favored crops are abundant. Tobacco budworm is a common pest of geranium and other flower crops such as ageratum, bird of paradise, chrysanthemum, gardenia, geranium, petunia, mallow, marigold, petunia, snapdragon, strawflower, verbena, and zinnia.”  No mention is made of Cannabis being a host plant.  When we searched that BugGuide, we found an image very similar to your own, and according to BugGuide the food plants include  “Cotton, tobacco, roses, ground cherries, soybean, and many others.”

Subject:  Caterpillar type Worm
Geographic location of the bug:  New delhi , india
Date: 09/10/2017
Time: 10:35 AM EDT
It was found on road near garden
How you want your letter signed:  Vipul

Lily Moth Caterpillar

Dear Vipul,
We started to research your request by searching for colorful caterpillars in India, and we quickly found the Lily Moth Caterpillar,
Polytela gloriosae, on Project Noah.  We then pursued that information to the Insects in Indian Agroecosystems site where it states:  “Feeds mainly on Liliaceae and Amaryllidaceae. Known hosts from India include Amaryllis sp., Gloriosa superba, Crinum asiaticum, Lilium sp., and Zephyranthes sp.”

Subject:  Caterpillar on Amaryllid plants
Geographic location of the bug:  northern Argentine Patagonia
Date: 09/02/2017
Time: 02:19 PM EDT
We have found this caterpillar several times feeding on Rhodophiala leaves in northern Argentine Patagonia (Neuquen Province). Caterpillar image taken in spring (December). Any idea what species?
How you want your letter signed:  Martin

Convict Caterpillar

Dear Martin,
Thank you for providing a name for the plant upon which this caterpillar was feeding.  We quickly located this FlickR posting of a very similar looking, though drabber version of your caterpillar identified as
Xanthopastis timais.  Then we searched that name and found images on our sister site from Brazil, Insetologia.  Finally, we found the species represented on BugGuide where the proper scientific name Xanthopastis regnatrix is provided and it is called a Convict Caterpillar, the larva of the Spanish Moth and the information “common in Florida; rare elsewhere in United States” is provided.

Many thanks for your prompt id.
This must be the southernmost record for this species.