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Subject: Moth Caterpiller
Location: Adelaide south Australia
April 12, 2017 7:06 am
Found this in a nature reserve behind our house in Seacliff (near Adelaide) Australia. Any idea what this is?
Signature: Stuart Snyder

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Stuart,
This is a Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hippotion celerio.  We just posted a green individual this morning.  According to Butterfly House:  “This Caterpillar occurs world-wide. It can occur in several different colour forms: green, brown, red or dark grey. It usually has an eyespot each side of the first and second abdominal segments, those on the first segment being larger.”

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Subject: Found on a lemon tree in FL
Location: Florida
April 11, 2017 7:55 pm
My Aunt found this fella on her lemon tree and there is debate as to whether it’s an Elephant Hawk Caterpillar or an Orange Dog. Please, help to clarify, she didn’t check to see if it had the scented appendages that an orange dog would display while threatened, unfortunately. Thank you for what you do!!
Signature: The Artist Formally Known as Starving

Orange Dog

Dear Artist Formally Known as Starving,
This is definitely an Orange Dog, the larva of a Giant Swallowtail.  The Elephant Hawkmoth is NOT a North American species.  Interestingly, though its native range is Eastern North America, most of our Giant Swallowtail sightings now come from Southern California as the butterfly’s range has increased due to the cultivation of citrus.  The species has adapted to feeding on the leaves of citrus, which is not native to North America, but it now seems to be a preferred host plant.  We believe Giant Swallowtails were first reported in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, and now they are quite common (t)here.  According to the Los Angeles Times in 2007:  “The giant swallowtail butterfly,
Heraclides (Papilio) cresphontes, is native to the Southeast. Since the 1960s, populations have spread west following a corridor of suburban development and the species’ favorite larval food source — citrus — through Arizona, into the Imperial Valley, then San Diego and north to Orange and Los Angeles counties. They’ve been sighted as far north as Santa Barbara and Bakersfield.  Numbers have surged since 2000, says Jess Morton, president of the Palos Verdes-South Bay chapter of the Audubon Society. Members have held a butterfly count at the same location, on the first Sunday in July, every year since 1991. According to their records, a single giant swallowtail was first seen in the South Bay in 2000. They counted 23 in 2007.”

THANK YOU SO MUCH. You broke it down for us and everything!

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Renmark South Australia
April 10, 2017 8:38 pm
Hi I found this caterpillar in my grapevine today. I’ve not seen anything like it. Could you tell me what sort is it and is it harmful to us?
Regards
Signature: Fiona

Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar

Dear Fiona,
Cultivated grape is one of a list of plants on Butterfly House that serve as larval food plants for the Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar,
Hippotion celerio.  The Vine Hawkmoth Caterpillar is not dangerous to humans.

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Subject: Identify
Location: Texas
April 8, 2017 6:15 pm
This bug/insect was found in Texas.
Please identify.
Thanks
Signature: Mary Ann

Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

Dear Mary Ann,
This is one of the Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillars.  There are several species found in Texas and we haven’t the necessary skills to provide an exact species name.

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Subject: What kind of caterpillar is it?
Location: San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala
April 8, 2017 10:03 am
Hello Mr. Bugman! my brother is living in Guatemala, San Martín Jilotepeque. Yesterday he found this pretty caterpillar and adopted it in his house. I think it could not be a brilliant idea, but anyway we would like to know what is it. 🙂 Could you help us? It was eating coffea frond.
Thank you so much!
Signature: Belén Zuazúa de Loresecha

Tiger Moth Caterpillar

Dear Belen,
We are pretty sure this is a Tiger Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Arctiinae.  In North America, they are commonly called Woolly Bears.

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Uganda
April 6, 2017 1:19 am
What kind of caterpillar is this. What will it turn into.
Signature: Mr

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar

Dear Mr from Uganda,
This is either an Emperor Moth Caterpillar,
Bunaea alcinoe, or a closely related species in the same genus.  Commonly called the Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar, this species is edible.  We believe your individual has finished eating and it is searching for the ideal place to pupate.  The adult Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth is a gorgeous creature.

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