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Did Larvae Sting Reader?

One of our readers recently asked us to weigh in on a situation. She explained that she was in the kitchen when she felt a stinging feeling on her shin and discovered a tiny worm-like organism. She took a photo of the creature (shown below.) She said that she can see through it and has a dark spot and appears smooth. She has a dog so doesn't know if the specimen could have come from the dog or not. She is quite rattled from this situation. She wants to know if we can identify this organism.From the photos, we can see that this larvae is cream colored with a dark spot. Since our reader said it was "see through" it could have a translucent quality, but we can't make it out in the photo. Comparing it to the coin in the second photograph, we understand just how tiny this specimen is! Continue reading [...]
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Keeping Catalpa Worms Alive

One of our readers inquired on the best way to keep Catalpa worms alive for a few days Continue reading [...]

“Creepy Crawlers” are Caterpillars

A reader sent us a video of a yellow caterpillar. We aren't sure of the exact species, but we think it is probably about to mature into a moth or butterfly! Continue reading [...]

Caterpillar on Lime Tree is Giant Swallowtail

One of our readers found a caterpillar on her lime tree. She wants to know what kind of butterfly it will mature into. We believe this is a Papilio cresphontes larva, or a giant swallowtail caterpillar. A giant swallowtail caterpillar can also be referred to as an "orange dog" or "orange puppy. These butterflies and larvae are found mostly in the United States and Canada, and are especially abundant in Florida. They are also found in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Jamaica, and Cuba. Here is the photo she sent us:As you can see from the photograph, the giant swallowtail caterpillar has very interesting brown and olive green markings. Their camouflaged look allows them to hide in plain site on foliage and tree bark, disguised as bird droppings. These caterpillars feed on plants Continue reading [...]

Inchworms Gather on Windowsill

One of our reader sent us a photo of an organism that she found in her bedroom on the windowsill. We believe the creature is an inchworm, or geometer moth larva. Continue reading [...]

Red Larva Near Lamp Could Be Palm Flower Moth Larva

A reader found a light red larva on the carpet of his apartment. We are confident that the larva is a palm flower moth larva. Continue reading [...]
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