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Dear Bugman,
I have browsed your wonderful pictures and now know where to look when friends have an insect id they want me to do. I also am known by friends and family as “The Bugman” as I have had an interest in insects since birth. It has been great to see some of the interesting ones I haven’t seen yet on your site. This brings me to my querie. I was recently in my backyard observing a wasp chew up a caterpillar it had paralyzed. It was a caterpillar I had not seen before. I walked closer to the honeysuckle bush (or close relative) that it had been munching on and began to see many others materialize. The largest where 2 inches long and I photographed both color phases that I noticed. I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and dear fellow colleagues, if you have the time, I would appreciate your assistance. I have a landscape business and if there are some insects you have an interest in photographing out this way let me know I will do my best to send some your way. They are still currently munching away in mid October. Many thanks,
Craig aka The Bugman

Hi Craig,
Thank you for sending your wonderful photos of Snowberry Clearwing Caterpillars, Hemaris diffinis. The adult moth is sometimes called a Bumblebee Moth and the moths are often confused with hummingbirds. Bill Oehlke’s site lists honeysuckle as a food plant.

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My 2 year old daughter found this out near her swingset today. We’ve only lived in coastal Virginia for 2 yrs so we’re not entirely familiar with local bugs. Can you help us to identify this character? We don’t know what to feed him. It’s over 2 inches in length and very thick in circumference. Thanks.

This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar. It will metamorphose into a lovely large yellow and purple moth.

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What am I?
Hi! Maybe you can help me. I found this caterpillar roaming around my patio this morning. I’ve tried looking online for something that looks like him, and the only thing I can find is the Abbot’s Sphinx Caterpillar, Sphecodina abbotti. I didn’t find a picture that looked like this one, but the description sure does match. I live in California, and have a grape vine in our back yard. Don’t know if that’s where the caterpillar was heading, but it sure was on the move. I also have fruit trees in my yard. Should I be worried??? Thanks so much for any information you can provide!

Hi Jenny,
We really wanted to get an answer for you to find out if you are related to our former student, the wonderful photographer Anita. We believe this is a Banded Sphinx Caterpillar, Eumorpha fasciatus. It is a highly variable caterpillar. Bill Oehlke’s fabulous page does not have a color match, but BugGuide has a very similar looking specimen. Grape is a host food plant.

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Plebeian Sphinx Moth Caterpillar
Since I don’t see these caterpillars in your database, I thought I would send you several so you have a choice which to use, if you want them.
This is a plebeian moth caterpillar that I found in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on trumpet creeper (campsis radicans). The interesting thing is that the caterpillar is prettier than the moth. I love the blue “horn” on it, and the startling lemon-green color of the moth’s upperside. Please feel free to use or discard if you wish.
Susan Johnston

Hi Susan,
We are going to trust that you have properly identified the Plebian Sphinx Caterpillar, Paratraea plebeja, because we doubt we would have said anymore than a generic Sphinx Caterpillar based on the photo. We didn’t locate much information online, but we did find this site.

Ed. Note:
August 30, 2009
In making some classification changes to our caterpillar archives, we realized we did not link to Bill Oehlke’s page on the Plebian Sphinx, Paratrea plebeja.

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Black and Yellow Caterpillar
Help! I found a couple of these at Lake Tahoe, I followed them around for awhile, then said goodbye. I’d really like to know what kind it is and what it will turn into.
Sharon Dellinger

Hi Sharon,
Until someone informs us otherwise, be believe this to be the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Lophocampa maculata, formerly Halisidota maculata. Many times the caterpillar has black tufts along the dorsal ridge, but we have located an image online that resembles your specimen.

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What is this caterpillar?
What is this? We found him on our picnic table last weekend at Burr Oak State Park near Nelsonville, Ohio. It is in the SE part of the state in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains (if that helps). We didn’t touch it becuase Mom read “stinging caterpillars” are fuzzy ones. Please help! Thanks!!!
Kyra and Ella Walker

Hi Kyra and Ella,
This is one of the Tussock Moth Caterpillars in the genus Halysidota. It is most likely the Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Halysidota tessellaris. While it is true that caterpillars with hairs and spines are sometimes stinging species, this is not one of those.

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