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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  West Michigan
Date: 08/23/2019
Time: 05:43 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Curious what kind of caterpillar this is.
How you want your letter signed:  Sincerely The Crow

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Caterpillar

Dear The Crow,
Were you near a grape vine?  This looks to us like a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Caterpillar, which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Date: 06/23/2018
Time: 09:55 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  No idea but first I’ve seen it
How you want your letter signed:  Any way at all

Six Spot Burnet

Based on images posted to Animal Photos and UK Moths where it states “This is the commonest of Britain’s day-flying Burnet moths, and is found throughout Britain, with a coastal bias in the North” we are confident this is a Six Spotted Burnet.

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  south, CA
Date: 10/02/2017
Time: 09:12 PM EDT
Hi, my name is sarah saxton. I was hoping you can help me identifily this caterpillar. It’s yellow and it has to bule or purple lines near each end. Thankyou,
How you want your letter signed:  you pick

Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer Caterpillar

Dear Sarah,
Was this Caterpillar found on or near grape vines?  It is a Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizer Caterpillar and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.

Found on grapevine in Southern AZ
Location: Southern Arizona SE Tucson PIma county
August 3, 2011 3:18 pm
We have an infestation of what seem to be caterpillars. They start out very small and grow to be pretty hearty looking caterpillars with light green/yellow, and purple bands. They are only on the grape vine in the backyard and have not gone to any other plant in the yard. I hate to harm them but they are killing the vine. Any idea what they may be? Thank you!
Signature: Thankful for your time, Ashley Goode

Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizers

Hi Ashley,
We believe you would be justified in removing these Western Grape Leaf Skeletonizers,
Harrisina metallica, from your grape vine.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults emerge and lay eggs on leaves soon after bud-break in spring. Early instars feed gregariously on undersides of leaves which they skeletonize. Later instars spread out and may defoliate entire vineyards. Several generations per year.”

Help identifying unknown caterpillar
Location: Rockledge, FL
November 17, 2010 5:41 pm
While clearing overgrown grape vine within a nature preserve we had found numerous small caterpillars around 0.5 cm in size. They suspend themselves on silk strands when threatened. Can you help in identifying them. We can’t seem to locate them in our books.
Signature: Brandon Smith, Environmental Program Coordinator

Grapeleaf Skeletonizer

Hi Brandon,
Sorry for the delay.  We researched this when you sent the image, but then we got waylayed and never posted the response.  Though the markings are a bit different, we believe this is a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer,
Harrisina americana, which is pictured on BugGuide.

The truth is out there – 07.05.10
May 6, 2010
Hi Daniel,
Greetings once again from sunny Phuket.
How are you ?
Some staff of mine have run into this curious little oddity and asked me if I could assist in identifying it.
To me it’s clearly alien – possibly from alpha centuri or the crab-stick nebula. Its no surprise that a week after Stephen Hawkins informs us that aliens are amongst us that we find him (her, it or them).
What do you think ?
With kind regards,

Mystery: Caterpillar we presume

Hi Again Mark,
How is the Atlas Moth population doing?  We presume this is a caterpillar, but that is just a guess.  It surely is a strange looking creature.  We haven’t the time to research this at the moment, but we hope our readership will kick in and assist. Read Full Article →