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A person I know found thi... #148108

Asked August 19, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

A person I know found this bug. She said it made a hissing noise at them. I can't seem to find anything that would hiss.. a bore or a cutter don't from what I can tell. Could you please help us out.

Marinette County Wisconsin

Expert Response

It looks like an armyworm or cutworm, although a little difficult to tell from the pose. Neither of those - or any caterpillar I know of - would make a hissing sound. The Insect Diagnostician, Phil Pelletteri, at UW-Madison might be able to tell you more or offer an explanation for the apparent hissing sound. You can send the photo and question to him at pellitte@entomology.wisc.edu and he should respond to you.
Susan Mahr Replied August 20, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

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