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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

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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I found this stuck to my trousers and i dont know what it is or were it comes from,but i like to know what it is, i live in Galway Ireland, kind regards

Hi Jeannette
Your caterpillar is a Puss Moth Caterpillar, Cerura vinula. The UK Moths site indicates that the common name comes from the moths resemblance to a cat. The caterpillar feeds on willow, poplar and aspen. Artist Katherine Plymley has a metamorphosis watercolor reproduced online.

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unidentified caterpillar
Hello What’s That Bug:
Some months ago, I was photographing bugs and stumbled upon two odd looking caterpillars. At first they appeared to be a chrysalis, but they were moving and when I looked closer they were caterpillars. I was wondering if you could identify the caterpillar for me. Here is a link to the picture I took:Thanks in advance for any information,
Michael Thompson

Hi Michael,
Where in the world was the photo taken?

In south Texas near San Antonio…it was just crawling around in my backyard. There were two of them eating on the same plant. I don’t know what the plant was, but it’s some kind of weed, with large, serrated-looking leaves. The caterpillars were about an inch and a half long at most, gray in color, and had humps on their backs which appeared to be tipped with stingers of some sort. The photograph was taken just Northeast of San Antonio Texas in late summer.

Hi again Michael,
This is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus Schizura, probably Schizura ipomoeae, the Morning Glory Prominent.

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Insect Identification
Please Identify this insect. It was found in northern part of India
Prashant Verma

Hi Prashant,
This is a Lobster Caterpillar. There is a species, Stauropus fagi, in Great Britain. We found another site with images from Italy. We have found a reference of a species, Stauropus alternus, sometimes called the Crab Caterpillar, in India, but cannot locate a photo. Another website indicates that both species can be found in India, but Stauropus fagi has a greater range, including much of Northern Europe, Northern Asia including Northern India, and Japan.

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Caterpillar on Cornus
Please help me identify this hitchhiker. I found it on a Cornus mas cutting I took from a friend’s garden. He is oriented facing downward on the twig. In the first photo, you can see two ridges coming from either side of his body and coming together along his back, just above another similar protuberance that is just above his tail. The horn above his head has two red-tipped points. He has a very small, round head that is tucked-in under a hood-like structure above his head. He appears to have three different kinds of feet: the front three pairs are small and pointy. The middle four pairs are fleshy. The last pair, near his tail, are small and stubby. I put the Cornus mas cutting with a potted Cornus nuttallii in case he should need more food, but when I checked on him the next day, he was nowhere to be seen. Can you help me identify him, and what he eats? Thanks
Tammy Romero

Hi Tammy,
This is a Redwashed Prominent Caterpillar, Oligocentria semirufescens. According to BugGuide, the caterpillar eats a wide variety of leaves, including “Apple, beech, birch, poplar, oak, maples, roses and willows.” Based on your latter, we can add Cornus to the list.

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We found this caterpillar crawling on my husband’s shirt. I placed him on a hibiscus for his photo shoot. We live in south Louisiana. Thanks.
Marcie Melancon

Hi Marcie,
This is one of the Prominent Moth Caterpillars in the genus Heterocampa, probably the Saddled Prominent, Heterocampa guttivitta.

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