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Subject:  Fuzzy Catapillar
Geographic location of the bug:  East Texas
Date: 10/16/2017
Time: 12:34 PM EDT
This caterpillar fell on to our picnic table out of the Sycamore tree yesterday…we were curious as to what kind it was… Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Susan Strawn

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Susan,
Based on this BugGuide image, we feel pretty confident that this is a Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar, which is further reinforced by your observation that it fell from a sycamore tree.

Subject:  nest
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida
Date: 09/13/2017
Time: 02:17 PM EDT
Please help me identify this “nest” that we found on a Philodendron leaf. We are guessing some kind of parasitic wasp.
How you want your letter signed:  Florida

Parasitized Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Florida,
We found a similar looking image on BugGuide identified as a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the genus
Dasychira that has been parasitized, but the Parasitoid was not identified.

Subject:  Southwest va caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Natural tunnel state park
Date: 09/09/2017
Time: 08:13 PM EDT
Is this poisonous?
How you want your letter signed:  Chrystal Brewer

Sycamore Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Chrystal,
BugGuide does not provide any information on Sycamore Tussock Caterpillars having any stinging or utricating hairs.  According to Ohio Birds and Biodiversity:  “Sycamore Tussocks are interesting in that they have great color variation – one might think these were two separate species. A crop of eggs can produce caterpillars that range from lemon-yellow to gray to white.”

Subject:  Odd insect?
Geographic location of the bug:  Gouverneur NY
Date: 09/08/2017
Time: 07:52 PM EDT
So I was sitting outside waiting for my daughter to get holes from school. When she got off the bus, i was coming in the house with her and seen this odd looking insect. Snapped a picture because I found it rather interesting. No idea what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  S.Bush

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear S. Bush,
Your daughter must have been somewhere where milkweed was growing since your pictured Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillar is only found feeding on milkweed.

Subject: What is this Caterpillar?
Location: California
August 16, 2017 6:00 pm
My guess is some sort of Tussock Moth?
Found in a Forest in California
Signature: i17qu3

Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear i17qu3,
We agree with you.  We believe your Tussock Moth Caterpillar is the Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar,
Orgyia vetusta, based on this BugGuide image.

Subject: Milkweed diners
Location: SW Virginia
August 6, 2017 1:02 pm
Hi, what are these caterpillars I saw skeletonizing milkweed leaves? SW Virginia, late July. Thank you!
Signature: wondering

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars

Dear wondering,
These are Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpillars, and they are a common species in eastern North America.