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Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cincinnati ohio
Date: 09/27/2021
Time: 07:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug fell from a tree at winton woods park onto my car.
How you want your letter signed:  From Pamela Cupp

Monkey Slug

Dear Pamela,
Upon reading your letter, Daniel immediately suspected correctly that you encountered a Monkey Slug.  These stinging caterpillars frequently fall from trees onto cars.

Thank you.  I’d never seen anything like it.  Appreciate your reply.
Take care,
Pamela

Subject:  1inch worm with stickers
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Pierce Florida
Date: 09/10/2021
Time: 06:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  He was eatting a leaf from bird of paradise.
How you want your letter signed:  Vickie

Saddleback Caterpillar

Dear Vickie,
This is a Saddleback Caterpillar and we did not know they feed on bird of paradise.  According to BugGuide they feed on:  “
Many trees, shrubs, and grasses including apple, asters, blueberries, citrus, corn, dogwoods, elms, grapes, linden, maples, oaks, Prunus species, sunflowers and viburnums. Troy has personally seen them feeding on liriope, cherry, oak, and holly.”  Handle with caution.  The Saddleback Caterpillar has stinging spines.

Subject:  Can’t narrow it down..
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Panhandle, West Virginia
Date: 08/28/2021
Time: 08:09 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw this hanging out on my car and right away thought it might be a bug/insect.  It’s interesting because it’s camouflaged and would hide very well on trees in my yard, but it was on my silver car and stood out like a sore thumb.  How it ended up on my car, I have no idea unless it fell from above from the tree.  Currently it’s August 2021 and weather is 90 degrees and humid.  When it moved, the many white feet moved from back to front and slow.  I saw it’s face on the underside, not out front.  Anyhow… I was thinking along the lines of a millipede, or isopod but can’t find any pictures close enough to id.
How you want your letter signed:  Camouflaged Something

Monkey Slug

Dear CS,
Very few people realize they are looking at a Caterpillar when they encounter a Monkey Slug.  Handle with caution as the Monkey Slug can sting.

Subject:  What’s that bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Gulfport ms
Date: 06/26/2021
Time: 06:50 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This bug was in my mother’s house and stung her.  She said it felt like a bee sting.
How you want your letter signed:  S. Rea

Crowned Slug

Dear S. Rea,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, more specifically the Crowned Slug,
Isa textula, which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Caution! This is a stinging caterpillar. “

Subject:  Bright happy worm
Geographic location of the bug:  Livermore, KY
Date: 02/20/2020
Time: 06:37 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This pretty little worm was found on a tractor in the river bottoms of Livermore,KY. It was late summer, around the end of August when it was found. I have never seen a worm like this before and no one I’ve asked can identify it either. I’d love to know what this little guy’s species is!
How you want your letter signed:  Curious worm lady

Stinging Rose Caterpiller

Dear Curious worm lady,
Your “bright happy worm” is a perfect example of the concept of “look but don’t touch” because it is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  We identified it as a Stinging Rose Caterpiller,
Parasa indetermina, thanks to this image on BugGuide.

Subject:  What is it??
Geographic location of the bug:  Shark Valley, Everglades National Park
Date: 12/13/2019
Time: 01:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello!
Never seen anything quite like this. It was on a cocoplum leaf.
How you want your letter signed:  Mike

Unknown Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Mike,
This is definitely a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  The red color is quite unusual.  We believe it might be a Crowned Slug Caterpillar,
Isa textula, which is pictured on BugGuide, but we cannot locate any images of red individuals.  Sometimes caterpillars change colors right before metamorphosis.