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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Brazil
Date: 12/07/2017
Time: 04:24 PM EDT
Can you identify this?
How you want your letter signed:  Manuela

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Manuela,
This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar in the family Saturniidae.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to supply a species identification.

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Subject:  asap how to care for this large cocoon in -7 degrees C
Geographic location of the bug:  Toronto (scarborough) Ontario, Canada
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 07:06 PM EDT
Hello Bugman!  After strong winds here in Toronto Ontario, our puppy found this!  The length of the cocoon is 3 inches.  In a teardrop shape, brown.  What is it and even more importantly:  how do we keep it alive so it can complete it’s cycle?    I have it back outside temporarily in a box….but thought to carve out a spot in a log and then place the cocoon bark over and secure with wire.  There are a few holes in the bark clearly for coming out once metamorphosis occurs.  THANK YOU, Liane and Poème
How you want your letter signed:  nature guardians Liane and Poème

Cecropia Moth Cocoon

Dear nature guardians Liane and Poéme,
We believe this is the Cocoon of a Cecropia Moth, which you can compare to this BugGuide image.  The best way to care for this cocoon is to keep it in conditions with a temperature similar to the outdoor temperature.  If you keep the cocoon indoors, it may cause premature emergence with no chance for the adult moth to mate.  Do NOT create any wire security system that will compromise the adult moth when it emerges.

Thanks Daniel!  The bark has a couple of escape holes, assuming that is for emergence.  For now I have it in a box outside with cocoon side down but not against the bottom of the bot which is folded, and not sealed shut.  I was thinking about using a rotted out log to place the bark  upside down onto the space on the log, creating a little chamber for the cocoon, then place it in our outdoors partially covered structure for protection against the elements like it would have had on the tree.  We have a log pile.
He would be safe in the box but would the log be better?
Liane and Poème
It seems either method would work, but ensure the cocoon doesn’t get either too dry or too damp.

I suspect the box will be dry…I feel like a foster parent!!
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Subject:  Caterpillar ID
Geographic location of the bug:  North East India , Mizoram
Date: 12/08/2017
Time: 09:06 AM EDT
Hi,
Love this  site and finally have a good bug!
How you want your letter signed:  Gautam Pandey

Indian Moon Moth Caterpillar

Dear Guatam,
Thanks for the compliment.  This is a Giant Silkmoth Caterpillar from the family Saturniidae, and because of its resemblance to the North American Polyphemus Moth Caterpillar and Luna Moth Caterpillar, we are speculating it is in the same tribe, Saturniini.  It might be a Moon Moth Caterpillar, Actias selene, which is pictured on Shutterstock and on FlickR.  An adult Indian Moon Moth is pictured on RockSea.

Hi Daniel,
Thanks so much!!! Always feels good to put a name on it 🙂
Love the work!!
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Subject:  what caterpillars are these
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Cape
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 06:24 AM EDT
Please help ID.
How you want your letter signed:  andrew

Giant Silkmoth Caterpillars

Dear Andrew,
These are Giant Silkmoth Cateperpillars, sometimes called Emperor Moth Caterpillars, but we have not been able to locate a species match.  Perhaps one of our readers will have some luck.

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Subject:  Is this a green striped maple worm?
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Florida
Date: 11/13/2017
Time: 07:12 AM EDT
Hi! I was trying to identify this caterpillar and the closest thing I’ve been able to find so far is a rosy maple moth caterpillar. The structure of the caterpillar in question looks right but the color doesn’t quite match what I’m finding online. How much color variation is there in a caterpillar species? Thanks in advance for your attention. I love you guys!
How you want your letter signed:  Jenn

Pink Striped Oakworm

Dear Jenn,
Your caterpillar looks similar to the caterpillar of the Rosy Maple Moth, which is pictured on BugGuide, however, your individual is a different species in the same Royal Moth subfamily Ceratocampinae.  Your individual is a Pink Striped Oakworm,
Anisota virginiensis, a species with three distinct subspecies, that is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  Unknown caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  East Texas
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 10:58 AM EDT
I work at a ranch in rusk Texas and I came across this caterpillar and I’ve never seen this kind before kinda want to know what kind it is and if it is poisonous
How you want your letter signed:  Aaron

Hickory Horned Devil

Dear Aaron,
Despite its fierce appearance, the Hickory Horned Devil is perfectly harmless.  This individual has grown to its maximum size, so it left the hickory, walnut or other food tree and it is searching for a suitable place to dig beneath the surface of the ground to pupate.

Hickory Horned Devil

Thank you so much you helped a lot I let him go yesterday where I found him.

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