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Southern Armyworm Caterpillars Munch on Zinnia Plant

A reader asked us about the worms she noticed on her zinnia plant. We believe the creatures are southern armyworm caterpillars. We have offered a few ways to protect her plants from these voracious eaters. Continue reading [...]

Caterpillar or Christmas Ornament? Meet the Spun Glass Slug Caterpillar

The spun glass caterpillar, known in the scientific community as Isochaetes beutenmuelleri, is found throughout the United States. These caterpillars are so delicate-looking with their intricate appendages that they might even be mistaken for Christmas ornaments if you saw them on an indoor festive tree rather than their preferred host plant, the swamp oak tree. Although beautiful, these caterpillars are quite dangerous. Continue reading [...]

What Species is Green Caterpillar?

Today we responded to a reader who found a green caterpillar on a milkweed plant near San Antonio, Texas. We think this creature might either be the larva of the Giant Swallowtail or of the Astarte Prominent Moth. Continue reading [...]

What Is Inside Gold Cocoon?

One of our readers sent us a picture of a beautiful, gold cocoon she found near Denver, Colorado. We believe a butterfly will emerge from it, but we encourage our reader to keep checking in on the cocoon, as she might be able to witness the grand exit for herself! Continue reading [...]

Moth Larvae “Take Over” Reader’s Car

One of our readers found a ton of small worm-like organisms in her car. We are confident these are moth larvae. They are not harmful or dangerous and she can get rid of them by cleaning! Continue reading [...]

Clumped Up Worms Could Be Yellownecked Caterpillars

One of our readers discovered a clump of yellow and brown caterpillars on a branch and wanted to know what they were. We believe that these specimens are yellownecked caterpillars! Continue reading [...]
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