We just received a photo from a reader without an attached question. However, we will assume that they are curious what they have discovered. The photo shows a worm-like creature that is longer than an inch, and probably about an inch wide. Its back is red, white, and black checkered and striped. Its edges are clearly defined in yellow, and it has two clear antennas on its head. From the angle of the photo, we can’t see what kind of legs it has, if it has any at all. Although we don’t know where our reader encountered this little guy, we will do our best to figure out what it might be!
Based on the photo, our best guess is that this creature is a yellow striped armyworm. Color variation can be extreme among this species, so it is hard to rely on the photo alone to identify it. These larvae will eventually mature into moths.
These creatures are not harmful to humans, but if our reader found one in her house she can simply move it outside to her lawn or garden.
To sum up, we aren’t able to say for sure that this is a yellow striped armyworm, but we believe it is very likely!