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Apr 20, 2017 5:52 AM CST

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In central Florida we recently had a rash of "caterpiller like insects" that fell after a heavy rain. They are in a cacoon and emerges a light green.
Do these turn into butterflies or moths and what are they?
Name: Sue
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Apr 20, 2017 6:11 AM CST

Is there any chance you could post a picture? What did they fall from, from trees? If they emerged from a coccoon, did they look like butterflies or moths? If they didn't then maybe they were something else. Perhaps the description sounds familiar to one of our Florida members, but if not then a picture would be a great help.
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Apr 20, 2017 7:57 AM CST
Falling from a tree & being light green, sounds like some kind of moth caterpillars, which come in different specific kinds but could be collectively called "inchworms," for a nickname Were any measuring marigolds? ;)

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Apr 20, 2017 11:58 AM CST
I found this from March 2017... Shrug! Confused Don't know if this is the same event you are asking about.

Tussock moth caterpillars are bad news. Do not touch them.

@nboteler, Can you either show some photos of these critters or let us know where you saw this in a newspaper article?? Thank You!
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Apr 21, 2017 6:35 AM CST

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Mistakenly, did not take a picture of them. They have pretty much gone from our area now.

They were about an inch long, light green or dusty green/brow.

Thanks for your replys.

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