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Caterpillars feeding on speckled alder
Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 1:14 PM
Hi!
I really like your website – it’s been very helpful in identifying many of the insects that I’ve found. These caterpillars I’m having a hard time with though. I saw them during the summer, munching on speckled alder leaves on an island in Georgian Bay. As you can see in the photograph, they are yellow, black and white striped, with reddish orange heads and a big reddish bump a little ways behind the head as well. They have several hairs and stiff black spikes along them. Do you know what they are?
Kristin
Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada

Red Humped Caterpillars

Red Humped Caterpillars

Hi Kristin,
It took us a bit of searching before we were able to identify your Red Humped Caterpillars, Schizura concinna, but we eventually located it on BugGuide where it is described as:  ” has bright red head and red hump over segment A3.  Striping is variable but includes black, yellow and white pinstripes.  Takes up a defensive posture raising the rear end when disturbed. ” This is a Prominent Caterpillar in the family Notodontidae.

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Camo Bug
Sat, Oct 11, 2008 at 1:48 PM
I found this character hiding in a willow tree today. He hooks his tail around like a scorpion in a treatening manner when I stroked his back with a leaf.
Wondering in Waplole
Walpole MA

White Furcula Caterpillar

White Furcula Caterpillar

Dear Wondering,
Your caterpillar is one of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars, most probably the White Furcula, Furcula borealis, based on images posted to BugGuide.

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Do you know what kind of caterpillar this is? They were on our blueberry bush!

Datana Caterpillars on Blueberry

Datana Caterpillars on Blueberry

These are caterpillars in the genus Datana.  Datana major, the Azalea Caterpillar is most likely and they appear to be early instars that will get more colorful as they grow and molt.  You can read more about this species on BugGuide, where it is reported that they are sometimes found on blueberry leaves.  The posture and group grazing of this genus are quite unique.

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unknown caterpillar
We aren’t sure if this came out of our greenhouse or from one of the trees in our yard. It is approximately 2″ long. We live at Moose Pass, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula.

This is one of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars, possibly in the genus Furcula.

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beautiful caterpillar
My husband and I found this on a blueberry bush. As soon as we touched the branch, “he” assumed this defensive posture, curling up and emitting a drop of liquid from end back end. It’s a beautiful creature, but what is it? I’m sorry but I wasn’t able to place the photo into this e-mail, other than attaching it. I hope you are able to open the document. Thank you
Sarah, Rolla, MO

Hi Sarah,
Despite being named the Azalea Caterpillar, BugGuide indicates that Datana major can also be found on blueberry.

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catarpilar
Hello Daniel,
Thanks for your answer, i found another one in the garden its the same as the first one but different collour, is it the same?? and the moth on the wall is that one of the catarpilar’s it was 5 cm Kind regards
Jeannette

Hi again Jeannette,
Thanks for sending us another photo of another Puss Moth Caterpillar, Cerura vinula. Many typically green caterpillars change colors, often to brown, red, orange, pink or purple just before pupation. We suspect that is about to happen with this individual. We will address you moth query in a separate email.

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