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Old 06-27-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
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Because this has been bugging me. I've scoured my Kaufman guide and searched and searched, not finding anything that resembles this fellow. I thought it was a caterpillar for a moth or butterfly, but am no longer sure.

This was found on the ground as I was yanking weeds, so I do not know what it normally eats. We put it in a jar with several weeds that were around and it briefly munched on plantain, but never went back to it. We ended up just letting it go last night.

Thank you for any help.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #2
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I guess while I am at it, I'll post other things I do not have identified for sure.

1. I ended up with a twofer. I saw the tiny bee which I was photographing, but later found a spider among my spiderwort. I have not been able to narrow these down.

2. Is this an Eastern Carpenter Bee?

3. I think it's a bee, but I am learning there are lookalikes.
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:10 AM   #3
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First "caterpillar" might be a sawfly larva. Usually host specific, so what you find it on might help in identifying it.

1. Crab Spider (probably) and hover fly (I think, hard angle)
2. Looks like a bumblebee (Abdomen is hairless in Carpenter Bees)
3. Honey Bee. (Not many native bees are so golden colored)
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:28 AM   #4
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One of the children found one of the larva (same as the first bug) yesterday and it was feeding on Ambrosia trifida (Giant Ragweed).

Thank you for the IDs of the others. I think we have Carpenter Bees that have no hair on the abdomen, but I'll post a picture, just to verify. They're still on my son's camera.
Here's a couple of butterflies I need help with. #1 I think it is a sulfer, but the pattern on the edges do not look like a Clouded Sulfer.
#2 Is this a Common Checkered-Skipper?

It is amazing all that is out there when I pay attention while pulling weeds.
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:48 PM   #5
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One of the children found one of the larva (same as the first bug) yesterday and it was feeding on Ambrosia trifida (Giant Ragweed).

Thank you for the IDs of the others. I think we have Carpenter Bees that have no hair on the abdomen, but I'll post a picture, just to verify. They're still on my son's camera.
Here's a couple of butterflies I need help with. #1 I think it is a sulfer, but the pattern on the edges do not look like a Clouded Sulfer.
#2 Is this a Common Checkered-Skipper?

It is amazing all that is out there when I pay attention while pulling weeds.
First, I think the first larva is a caterpillar from the number of pro-legs (5 pairs) that it has. I would post it on bugguide.net and see what they say.

I agree with both of your takes on the butterflies. I could not find a sulphur or yellow whose wing pattern matched yours. That being said, the vast majority of posted,photos are of,th ventral wings of these butterflies, so it is hard to be sure. I believe your second is a common checkered skipper.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:39 AM   #6
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I submitted the first caterpillar and the sulfer to Bug guide. The caterpillar is probably a Papaipema_nebris (Stalk Borer) and the butterfly is a female Orange Sulfer. The Borer is welcome to all my Ragweed. Native or not, I have too much of that.
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You can send some of those caterpillars my way! I don't need any ragweed either, nor am I fond of poison ivy no matter how good it is for the wildlife.

Thank you for the followup.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:00 PM   #8
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I still have plenty of ragweed, that's for sure. Some is out in the pasture where ticks keep me out. I braved the edges today to work on some of the weeds, but I forgot to put on the GreenBug. Thank goodness we are not aware of any poison ivy on the property.

Here is another bug. I assume a type of bee since it has pollen pockets that are quite full. but I am not very familiar with bugs. I hunted through all the photos I took and none where really clear.
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Looks like a Bumblebee.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:21 AM   #10
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Definitely a bumblebee but not enough detail to identify it further. It is hard to get good photos while they are in motion. I get my best ones by creeping up on them while they are drinking.

The more you hang out with us, the more you will you will learn about all you bugs, and by next year you will be answering the questions!
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