Beneficial or not?

Asked April 11, 2018, 12:21 PM EDT

Yellow furry found floating on Lake jordan. Green funny squishy worm found on vegetation, Wetumpka, Jasmine Rd Pretty little spider found in Montgomery yard. Thank you again. Happy to find your website.

Montgomery County Alabama

1 Response

The yellow caterpillar is the larva of Apatelodes torrefacta, or Spotted Apatelodes Moth. Found on ashes, maples, oaks, Prunus species, and other trees, but not a pest species.
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7663
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Apatelodes-torrefacta

The green caterpillar is the larva of the Pandorus Sphinx moth, Eumorpha pandorus (Hübner, 1821).
http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.edu/species.php?hodges=7859 https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eumorpha-pandorus
Found on Grape (Vitis), ampelopsis (Ampelopsis), and Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus). Not a pest.

The spider is a Spiny backed orb weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis). It is beneficial in that it eats insects.
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/g_cancriformis.htm
https://bugguide.net/node/view/2026