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Subject: Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Location: southwestern Ontario, Canada
August 15, 2015 6:09 pm
I was very excited to see that the milkweed I planted in my mother’s garden was well-munched, but somewhat surprised to discover who was munching it! Not monarchs, as I hoped for, but a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar. There were four or five of these little guys. When disturbed, they curl up into a ball and drop to the ground. I haven’t seen them in this area before and so this spotting was particularly interesting to me. I know you have lots of tussock moth caterpillar photos already, but thought I would send this along in case you found it useful.
Thanks for such a great site and all your hard work!
Signature: Alison

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Alison,
Your Milkweed Tussock Caterpillar image is of very high quality and a wonderful addition to our archives.

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Subject: Worm help!
Location: 32.447175,-95.130009
August 13, 2015 9:10 am
Hello Mr. Bugman! Found this little guy catching the sunset on the grass about 2 feet away from the pond. Did quite a bit of googling. All I found remotely similar is the Horn-worm, but I have only come across green horn-worms..none that are brightly colored like this!
Signature: by the President, please. Just kidding, Kelsey is fine.

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear President Kelsey,
Just out of curiosity, when you are asked where you are from, do you answer “32.447175,-95.130009?”  This is a Hornworm in the genus Eumorpha, and members of the genus often lose the horn as they molt into fully grown caterpillars.  Your individual is a Banded Sphinx,
Eumorpha fasciatus. 

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Banded Sphinx Caterpillar

Thank you very much! They turn into sweet moths I see. Have a good one Doc.!

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Subject: what is this caterpillar?
Location: London
August 15, 2015 7:53 am
Hi I found this in my garden in London. What type of caterpillar is it and will it become a butterfly or moth?
Thanks
Signature: n/a

Vapourer Caterpillar

Vapourer Caterpillar

This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar and we believe it is the Vapourer, Orgyia antiqua, based on this image on UK Moths.

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Subject: Catapillar ID
Location: Abilene, Texas
August 14, 2015 5:17 pm
I found this on my flame grape which is beside my tomatoes. I have always had tomato hornworms but this is very different. First year I’ve seen this one. Earlier in the week I believe I found the mature version sitting atop the fence. It was a very very pale green with little to no markings and its head was retracted into its body. Unfortunately I did not get a pic of it..
Signature: Charlotte Rhodes

Early Instar Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Early Instar Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar

Dear Charlotte,
Like your Tomato Hornworms, this is also a Sphinx Moth Caterpillar in the family Sphingidae, but it is in the genus Eumorpha.  We believe, based on its similarity to this BugGuide image, that it is an early instar Achemon Sphinx Caterpillar.  We only have images of mature Achemon Sphinx Caterpillars on our site, and they do feed on grape.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae may be tan or green, with white diagonal elongated/segmented spiracular spots from A3 to A7. “Horn” on tail end is lost after the fourth instar. Pupates in burrows in the soil.”

Thank you so much.  I looked it up and the adult pic I saw did look like the one I had on the fence. Feel free to use the pic I sent on your site, I did take it. Glad I found your site, will be visiting it often.
Charlotte

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Subject: PA caterpillars
Location: Lancaster, PA
August 13, 2015 7:58 pm
Hi! I have never seen this caterpillar before and I’ve lived in Pennsylvania all my life. I couldn’t find a similar photo anywhere on the Internet. Hoping you can solve the mystery. Thanks!
Signature: Jennifer

Camphorweed Cucullia

Camphorweed Cucullia

Dear Jennifer,
This is a Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar in the genus Cucullia, and in our opinion, it closely resembles this Camphorweed Cucullia,
Cucullia alfarata, pictured on BugGuide.

You are amazing!  Many thanks.  Interesting how very colorful caterpillars can become very dull looking months.
Keep up the great work!
Thanks again,
Jennifer

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Subject: Catapillar
Location: South central New York state
August 14, 2015 8:19 am
Found crawling up th side of a house. 5 inches long and 1 inch wide. Beautiful yellow and blue spikes.
Signature: Bart

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Cecropia Moth Caterpillar

Dear Bart,
This beauty is a Cecropia Moth Caterpillar, and many folks would argue that the adult Cecropia Moth is even lovelier.

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