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Subject:  Caterpillars, black with red spots and white spines
Geographic location of the bug:  Harare, Zimbabwe
Date: 01/31/2019
Time: 05:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hundreds of these caterpillars appear on only one tree in the garden, only in January. Sorry we don’t know the name of the tree either! We would love to know what butterfly or moth they turn into.
How you want your letter signed:  Julian

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars

Dear Julian,
We are very amused by your image of a bowl full of Cabbage Emperor Moth Caterpillars,
Bunaea alcinoe, because this species is eaten in some regions.  More information on the nutritional content can be found on this Eureka Mag article.

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Subject:  grashopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Kruger national park,location Letaba
Date: 07/20/2018
Time: 05:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please can you help me to determine this grashopper.
Karel Gallas Czech republic
How you want your letter signed:  Karel Gallas

Bird Grasshopper

Dear Karel,
We located this image on FlickR of a Bird Grasshopper,
Ornithacris cyanea, also from Kruger National Park, and it looks very similar to your individual so we suspect that if they are not the same species, they are most likely in the same genus.  There are some beautiful “studio” images of this genus on The Incorrigible Entomologist and Sunday News covers the nutritional value of eating these locusts.

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Subject: Giant blue caterpillar!
Location: Pemba, Mozambique
July 13, 2017 12:38 pm
My sister found this giant caterpillar and I’ve since been curious as I can’t identify which species it belongs to.
Thanks
Signature: Honestly, I don’t know what this field means

Christmas Caterpillar

This is a Christmas Caterpillar or Pine Emperor Moth Caterpillar, Nudaurelia cytherea.  According to Featured Creature:  “The caterpillar of the Pine Emperor Moth (Nudaurelia cytherea) isn’t exactly dressed for a glamorous ball but instead an ugly Christmas sweater party! It’s definitely looking festive with that big, fat, red santa-inspired body dotted with lime green, lemon, and light blue spots. I think the course gray hairs really add an extra touch of ‘ugly’ to the ugly Christmas sweater caterpillar feel, don’t you?”

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Subject: Flying bug from rwanda
Location: Kigali, rwanda
December 7, 2016 4:31 am
Hi,
I curious what this is. It was attracted to light and seemed to lose their ability to fly.
I understand some locals eat it and call it inanani, but I can’t find anything online about it.
Signature: Mcat

Sausage Fly

Sausage Fly

Dear Mcat,
This interesting creature is a Sausage Fly, a male Driver Ant in the genus
Dorylus.  We have a lengthy explanation about it in this Sausage Fly posting from our archives.  According to Myrmecos:  “Most people who see Africa’s ‘sausage flies’ wouldn’t pick that they are actually ants. In fact, these monstrous insects are males of the common Dorylus driver ants. They fly at night to gain a chance to mate with a queen from another colony.”  We could not locate any information on “inanani” but we are really appreciative that you informed us they are eaten by locals.

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Subject: What’s this bug from Sierra Leone
Location: Sierra Leone
September 11, 2016 12:00 am
Hi Bugman,
I visited a rice farm in Makare, Sierra Leone this week and found this bug crawling around? It looks like something from a cartoon but what is it?
Signature: Jonathan

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar

Dear Jonathan,
This is a Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar,
Bunaea alcinoe, and this red form is not as common as a black morph with yellow spikes.  The Caterpillars are edible, and the adult Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth is a beautiful creature.

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Subject: Photos African Emperor Caterpillars
Location: Pietermaritzburg. Kwa Zulu Natal
March 7, 2016 8:53 am
Found these climbing my Cabbage tree Sunday morning. Poor tree is now completely stripped
Signature: George Roberts

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillar

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillar

Dear George,
We are going back through unanswered mail from March to post submissions we think our readership may find interesting.  Though your tree has been stripped of leaves by these Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillars, the leaves will grow back and the tree will survive.  You can always eat the caterpillars.

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars

Cabbage Tree Emperor Caterpillars

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