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Subject: unknown bug
Location: marsh creek ca
August 23, 2015 12:17 pm
A friend found this bug/ catapilar in marsh creek california.
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Early Instar Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Early Instar Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

We believe your Hornworm is an early instar Achemon Sphinx that has not yet shed its caudal horn, which is a typical part of the maturing of the species.  As they grow and age, Achemon Sphinx Caterpillars lose the horn, leaving a caudal bump as the only evidence a horn once existed.  See this BugGuide image for comparison.

Subject: Mustachio
Location: Downingtown PA
August 21, 2015 8:00 pm
We saw this bug today, August 21, in Downingtown Pennsylvania. It was creeping along a leaf like it had lots of tiny centipede-like legs on the underside.
Signature: Amanda

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Hi Amanda,
Believe it or not, this is actually a caterpillar commonly called a Monkey Slug.  Handle with caution, or not at all, as the Monkey Slug can sting.

Subject: Large Green Caterpillar
Location: Gatineau, Qc (just north of Ottawa)
August 21, 2015 6:35 pm
Hello. I observed and photographed this amazing specimen on August 7th at our cottage. It was 4-5 inches long. I searched and I searched the web to try to ID what type of moth this is, but without any success (but I did learned about many other beautiful large green caterpillars!!). I’ll be able to sleep better and smarter once I know what this is 🙂
Signature: Daniel C.

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Imperial Moth Caterpillar

Dear Daniel,
This is an Imperial Moth Caterpillar, and you are correct that it will eventually metamorphose into a large and beautiful Imperial Moth.

Subject: Ziggy Stardust Caterpillar!
Location: Arabela, New Mexico
August 21, 2015 3:01 pm
Oh, this spectacular being is going to turn into something fabulous, I just know it! But what????? He is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Found on an oak tree, wondering what it is and if oak is source of food?
Signature: don’t understand this ?

Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar

Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar

Your amazing caterpillar is a Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar, Automeris zephyria, a species found, according to BugGuide, in “Central New Mexico mountains south into the Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas. Only known from east of the Rio Grande.”  BugGuide also notes the caterpillars eat:  “Primarily Oaks (Quercus) and Mountain Mohogany (Cercocarpus), also occasionally found on Willows (Salix sp.), Rose (Rosa sp.), Plum & Cherry (Prunus sp.), and occasionally on several other deciduous woody genera. Will readily accept a variety of genera and species in captivity, including Apple (Malus sp.), Redbud (Cercis sp.), etc.”  The adult Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth is truly a lovely moth.

Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar

Zephyr Eyed Silkmoth Caterpillar

Subject: Couldn’t identify this Caterpillar
Location: Oregon, U.S
August 19, 2015 9:23 pm
Hey! I was on break while doing trail work in Oregon when I found this critter, I was wondering what type of caterpillar he is and I was curious if he was poisonous. Thanks for any help!
Signature: Austin Wolf

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Austin,
This appears to be a more unusual color variation of the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Lophocampa maculata, based on this BugGuide image.  We have numerous images of the more common color pattern of the Spotted Tussock Moth Caterpillar on our site.

Subject: No clue what this is.
Location: Ontario Canada
August 20, 2015 2:52 pm
We’ve found this guy in our back yard in Ontario Canada and we have no idea what it is.
Signature: Brendon

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Brendon,
This is an Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar, a species that feeds on grape, Virginia creeper and other vines.