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i found this crazy caterpillar
Location: Denton, NC
September 5, 2011 10:52 am
Hello.. while sitting outside this crazy thing came strolling by and I just had to know what it was!! Can you help?
Signature: Amanda Presker

White Blotched Heterocampa Caterpillar

Hi Amanda,
This Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Heterocampa is most likely the White Blotched Heterocampa, Heterocampa umbrata.  You can see many examples on BugGuide of similarly colored purple individuals.  This species, like many caterpillars, changes color right before pupation, and the green camouflage coloration is replaced by this stunning purple and magenta coloration.

Early Instar Unicorn Caterpillar
Location: S. Illinois
August 22, 2011 6:01 pm
Think this is an early instar unicorn caterpillar. Right about an inch long, on oak. This image is a little sharper than the one I sent along last year.
Signature: Bert

Unicorn Caterpillar

Dear Bert,
This does appear to be a Unicorn Caterpillar or another closely related member of the same genus
Schizura based on photos posted to BugGuide.  If it is significantly smaller than the image you sent last year, it is most likely an earlier instar, though we cannot tell scale by comparing the two images.

Can u help id
August 11, 2011 3:18 PM (13 hours ago)
Any idea what these are?
Kim Carlen

Prominent Moth Caterpillars from the genus Datana

Ed. Note:  Though we appreciate the brevity of texting and the capacity for using cellular telephones for all communications, we created a submission form so we would not have to keep asking the same questions, like the location where the image was taken.  We have written back requesting the location on this image.

Caterpillar id
Location: NE Pa
August 12, 2011 3:08 pm
Can you please help id these caterpillars. They were on a blueberry bush in NE PA. Thanks for your help.
Signature: Kim Carlen

Thanks for resending Kim.  We don’t want to waste time searching North American species if the submission is from Australia, for example.  These are Prominent Moth caterpillars in the genus Datana.  Based on your location, we believe the likeliest candidate is Datana drexelii, and BugGuide indicates that Blueberry is a food plant.  The list of food plants is:  “Birch, blueberry, linden, sassafras, sourwood, and witch-hazel.”

Location: Clarks Summit,Pennsylvania
August 8, 2011 10:49 am
I found this in the middle of my cousins driveway and i’m not sure what it is.
Signature: Joey M

Traumatized Prominent Moth Caterpillar

Hi Joey,
This is a Prominent Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Heterocampa.  Compare your individual to this image on BugGuide.  It is a typically green caterpillar, and just prior to metamorphosis, it frequently turns pink.  Judging by the unnatural anal discharge, we fear this individual has been traumatized to the point that it will not live to see its winged stage.  It appears to have been squished.

Caterpillar grouping
Location: Sioux Lookout, NW Ontario
August 1, 2011 1:29 pm
Hi! I’ve been seeing these caterpillars in groups each summer and wonder what they are….I’d like to show them to my preschool class but would like to know what they are first (since they will almost certainly ask!).
Signature: Mike Lawrence

Found him through your site, many pages in…Red Humped Caterpillar….Thanks !

Red Humped Caterpillars

Hi Mike,
We are very happy to learn that you were able to self-identify your Red Humped Caterpillars,
Schizura concinna, by browsing through our archives.  As far are requests go, summer is the busiest time of year for us and many requests go unanswered.  More information on the Red Humped Caterpillar is available on BugGuide.

Vietnamese Bug Boggle
Location: Mekong River, southern Vietnam
June 4, 2011 1:01 am
This guy was found on a farm at the edge of the Mekong River near the village Cai Be, Southern Vietnam.
Thanks if you can name it for me ^_^
Signature: Jardine

Lobster Caterpillar

Dear Jardine,
This most unusual looking Caterpillar is known as the Lobster Caterpillar,
Stauropus fagi.  It is a caterpillar in the moth family Notodontidae, and the species is found across the Eurasian continent and including the islands of Southern England and Japan.  Here is a link to a photo on the UK Moths website and here are images from the Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa website that show much of the life cycle.  We will be out of the office for a week in mid June, and we do not want our regular readers to suffer any bug withdrawals, so we are preparing your request to post live to our site on June 13.