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We havent seen this one before
Thanks in advance for your help. This one was found on a rose bush in Payson, AZ at about 5,000 ft elevation. Length is approaching 3″. I have looked at a couple of sites and didn’t see any that looked quite like it. Your help is appreciated.

Hi Forrest,
We are going to check with some sources and we will get back to you regarding this probably stinging rose eating caterpillar. We wrote to Eric Eaton who supports our suspicion that this is a relative of the Io Moth in the genus Automeris. Additional web searching led us to BugGuide’s page of Automeris cecrops panima, the Cecrops Eyed Silkmoth.

possible imperial moth caterpillar?
Hi Bugman!
My 9year old daughter found the caterpillar we have pictured here on either a mulberry or redbud tree here in central Indiana. We looked at your site and the Caterpillars of the Eastern Forest website and the closest we could come to picking a winner was the Imperial Moth caterpillar… could you confirm or deny? We would love to use this ‘pillar as a school project if we can figure out how to take care of it properly.
Many thanks!

Hi Kim,
You are absolutely correct in you identification. Continue to feed the caterpillar the leaves from the tree you found it eating.

Some bug pics for you to enjoy
Hi Bugman,
I have a new hobby. Ever since I found your website (it was in an Earthlink newsletter I received) I have felt the need to identify all unknown bugs that cross my path. I also inform all witnesses of said bugs as to what kind of creature they witnessed. This is a rather peculiar hobby for me because I despise bugs, as they give me the heebie jeebies. My new hobby, however, has given me a new-found respect for these creatures. Since coming to your website, I have been able to identify a house centipede, the millipedes that were invading my home, a wolf spider (HEART ATTACK!) the orange striped oakworms that are busy, busy, busy in my driveway and the golden orb spider who has spun her web by my mailbox. I think you will be happy to know that, this time, instead of pointing and turning my head so my husband could squash them, I have mustered up the courage to take some pictures. They were taken outside of my home (thank God they were outside) in Matthews, NC (Charlotte area.) One is of an Orange Striped Oakworm and the other is a Golden Orb Spider. Please enjoy.
Thank you for your informative and fun website.
Kathy Richardson

Hi Kathy,
Your letter gives us such a warm feeling. We are thrilled that you are embracing photography as we are both photography instructors. We are also very happy that you now respect the Arthropods that you are encountering. We have decided to post your Orange Striped Oakworm, Anisota senatoria instead of the Golden Orb Weaver as we have many photos of that impressive spider.

What is this bug??
Dear Bugman,
I was in Maine for a week checking out the wildlife when I almost crushed a worm/silkworm of some kind while hiking. I could not identify this worm with the resources I have checked out thus far. The photo is attached. If you cant help thanks Bugman. If not thanks for you time.

Hi Eric,
Nice photo of an Luna Moth Caterpillar, Actias luna, one of the Giant Silk Moths. We get many images of the adult of this gorgeous green moth, but yours is one of the few caterpillar images.

promethea moth, callosamia promethea?
These guys, about 2+ inches long and maybe as much as 1/2 inch in diameter, are eating our lilacs in southern Maine. Searching for “red spikes” “yellow horn” found only somebody else with the same question! Based on your site I went back to check Caterpillars of Eastern Forests again, this time finding the photographs. Pix at johncodygallery seem to confirm it. I guess you can’t tell the sex of the adult moth from the caterpillar? Or do they always go in pairs? Anyway I thought you might like a pic of these guys since I didn’t find one here already. Thanks – sounds like you just love doing this – lucky for the rest of us! (I do hope no new photos with 2005 dates mean it’s still early in the season, not that you’ve stopped – )
Debbie JKM

Hi Debbie,
We presume your websearch led you to our first Caterpillar page. We have a second as well with recent postings. You should also check out our homepage. Yes, this is a Prometheus Caterpillar. We don’t know how to tell the sex of the immature insect. Thanks for adding to our archive.

Can you identify this?
Found under the shrubs in my neighbor’s yard in North FL.
The shell and spines are hard, it seems aggressive when you get near it. The quarter is for size approximation.

Hi there Joe,
The caterpillar of the lovely Royal Walnut Moth is the fierce looking but harmless Hickory Horned Devil.