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Subject:  Request for Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Badlapur ,District- Thane,state- Maharashtra, India
Date: 08/11/2019
Time: 01:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Got sting from same(image Attached) today in my backyards on wrists it was very painful.
Got bump on sting area.
Requesting Information
How you want your letter signed:  Subhash D

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Subhash D,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and stings are reported to be quite painful.  We have not had any luck finding a close visual match to your caterpillar, but this image from Learn About Butterflies does illustrate the physical family traits generally associated with Stinging Slug Caterpillars.

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Subject:  Green Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Angela, Montana
Date: 08/07/2019
Time: 02:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My daughter found this by some of our grain bins and she loves bugs. Just curious what kind it was. Thanks!
How you want your letter signed:  Hadlie Mae

Glover’s Silkmoth Caterpillar: Hyalophora species

Dear Hadlie,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar in the genus Hyalophora, but we are not certain of the species.  BugGuide recognizes three species in North America, and BugGuide reports two of those species, the Ceanothus Silkmoth and the Columbia Silkmoth from Montana, and the third species, the Cecropia Moth, is reported from the nearby Dakotas as well as Wyoming, and since Angela, Montana is in the eastern half of the state, we would not rule out the Cecropia Moth.  We will try to contact Bill Oehlke to see if he can distinguish the actual species.  Here is a BugGuide image of the Glover’s Silkmoth Caterpillar, the western subspecies of the Columbia Silkmoth.  We suspect your caterpillar is preparing to spin a cocoon.

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar: Hyalophora species

Thank you! He stared to change the night we emailed you.

Giant Silkmoth Cocoon

Hi again Hadlie,
Thanks so much for sending in images of the cocoon spun by your Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar.  We are hoping to hear back from Bill Oehlke regarding a species identification.

I am pretty sure it is Columbia gloveri due to three sets of orangey dorsal scoli instead of two sets in cecropia. Both species are likely present in Rosebud County.
Bill Oehlke

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Subject:  Rare Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern New Jersey
Date: 08/08/2019
Time: 07:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This weird/rare looking insect is eating the leaves on our Asian pear tree & when my husband pulled one off a leaf it stung him & left his skin feeling temporarily numb.
How you want your letter signed:  Sharon Beningo

Saddleback Caterpillar

Dear Sharon,
The Saddleback Caterpillar,
Acharia stimulea, is not considered rare, and BugGuide reports sightings in much of eastern North America.  The stinging capability of the Saddleback Caterpillar is well documented, including on Featured Creatures where it states:  “Color patterns are aposematic, or having bright warning colors that denote toxicity or distastefulness” and “The large spines and potent hemolytic venom rank it as one of the most important North American species of urticating caterpillars.”

Thanks so much for your quick response. We will definitely not be touching any more of them!

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Subject:  What’s this caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Tallahassee, FL
Date: 08/04/2019
Time: 02:26 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Can you please ID this caterpillar?  There are tons of them under my life oak.  They’re eating my shrubs.
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you in advance, Michael

Azalea Caterpillars

Dear Michael,
The arched posture these Caterpillars have assumed is typical of Prominent Caterpillers in the genus
Datana, and we are pretty confident they are Azalea Caterpillars, Datana major, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed mainly on leaves of azalea (Rhododendron spp.) but have also been recorded on apple, blueberry, Red Oak, and Bog Rosemary (Andromeda polifoloa).”  Are your shrubs azaleas?

Azalea Caterpillars

Not azalea,  not certain what they are but evergreen somewhat waxy foliage.  Thanks for your time on this
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Subject:  Curious Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Connecticut, USA
Date: 08/04/2019
Time: 10:58 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I was hiking and picked up a stick, and underneath I saw a caterpillar-looking bug, presumably hiding its head in a hole in the stick (possibly snacking on the wood?). I tried looking up what kind of caterpillar it was, but can’t find a similar picture with any of my google searches. Please help me learn what kind of bug I found, it looks so cool! Thanks! (Please see picture attached.)
How you want your letter signed:  Andi

Beautiful Wood Nymph Caterpillar

Dear Andi,
Because we began our search with a false lead, our identification of this Beautiful Wood Nymph caterpillar,
Eudryas grata, took some additional time.  Our wrong lead began with locating this image online and the associated site, Beautiful Now, where it is associated with the following caption: “We love the beautiful blackberry and flower petal-eating Blackberry Looper (Chlorochlamys chloroleucaria) patterned with both stripes and polka dots, in bold shades of orange, white, and black.”  The Blackberry Looper Caterpillars on BugGuide are a very different Caterpillar.  Additional searching led us to this BugGuide image of the Beautiful Wood Nymph Caterpillar.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on leaves of several shrubs, vines: Ampelopsis, Buttonbush, grape, hops, Virginia Creeper.”  We wouldn’t rule out that this might be the related Pearly Wood Nymph Caterpillar, Eudryas unio, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  We don’t know why it was crawling into the hole in the stick.

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Subject:  Green caterpillar with reddish/brown markings along the back
Geographic location of the bug:  Benzie Michigan
Date: 08/02/2019
Time: 07:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Is this a harmless caterpillar or one that can kill trees?
I looked at 100s of green caterpillar photos to identify it and none look like this one
I’ve been having some tree problems and he was found in the area but I’m thinking not the culprit.  Maybe, maybe not.  Trying to decide if I should relocate him, as the gypsy moth virus/fungus is helping remove those caterpillars and it might be contagious
How you want your letter signed:  C

Linden Prominent Caterpillar

Dear C,
For the most part, native caterpillars are rarely a threat to native plants.  Introduced species like the Gypsy Moth have no natural enemies when they are introduced, which is why exotic imported species often threaten sensitive ecosystems.  We do not recognize your striking Caterpillar, and our initial internet investigation did not produce anything worth citing, so we are posting it as Unidentified and we are hoping our readers help us identify what we suspect is a Noctuoid Caterpillar.

Update:  Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we are confident this is a Linden Prominent Moth Caterpillar, Ellida caniplaga, which is pictured on BugGuideBugGuide notes “The larvae feed on the leaves of basswood (=linden)” and “The larvae are rarely seen (for many years the description of the caterpillar was not known) because they usually feed high in the canopy of basswood trees; they are most likely to be observed descending the trunk of the tree enroute to their pupation site in the soil.”

Thanks so much.  I do have a very tall linden tree nearby and this bug must’ve dropped from the top onto my deck.    Never seen one like it before
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