Wasp Moths

6351 I guess the typical question you get is: What is this insect called? And in perfect tempo with this normative progression, I’ll try a polite variation: I would love very much, as will and resources provide/allow, if you could help me to identify this insect – or otherwise alien creature. Thank you for the good work you do, as a general standard in the commitment it demands from all of you, and further in service to the endless compulsions of human curiosity. And Good Day. From: Kisumu, Nyanza 40610, Kenya.

Number 6351 This moth is one of the so-called ‘wasp moths’ in the subfamily Arctiinae (Lepidoptera: Erebidae); it appears to be in the genus Amata – click here for an example

Caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly

6325 Very putrid smell, about 1.5 inches long, very soft to touch. From British Columbia

Number 6325 This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The foul odor is emitted by the fork-like appendage visible above its head. Called an osmeterium, it serves as a defensive mechanism for the caterpillar; Click here for more detailed information.

Caterpillar of a gypsy moth

6246 Multicolored Caterpillar! From Dunnvile Ontario

Number 6246 – This is a caterpillar of a gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar (Lepidoptera: Erebidae; subfamily Lymantriinae), a very destructive introduced pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

sunflower moth caterpillar

I live in San Diego, CA  & have been finding these guys in & outside of my home. I’ve also been seeing a bunch of moths in the pantry & would rather not have these guys in the house at least. My name is Raid & they started appearing mid June. Thanks for any info you guys can provide!

This looks like a sunflower moth caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae; Homoeosoma sp. – see for an example. They feed primarily on sunflowers and other members of the family Asteraceae. They are accidental intruders indoors and will do no damage there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV