Caterpillar Types and Identification Guide

Did you find an awesome-looking caterpillar outside? Identify it with the help of this guide! Is your caterpillar rare? Does it sting? What does it eat? What does it turn into? Here you will find photographs and descriptions of many of the different caterpillar types found in North America.

Whether you’re a young scientist looking for information for a project, a gardener with big green caterpillars all over your tomatoes, or you simply want to know what that thing crawling across your patio might be, there’s something here for you.

And if you’re worried that the thing you found might be harmful to your home, click here for an authoritative, simple guide to household bugs.
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Caterpillars: An Overview

Caterpillars are the larval stage of Lepidoptera, commonly known as butterflies and moths. They spend their days eating and storing energy for the adult butterfly or moth that they will become. Caterpillars are well-adapted to their natural surroundings. Most of them are camouflaged, so even though they’re all around us, we never see most of them. They are so perfectly disguised, or have such secretive habits, that we walk right by them without ever knowing they’re there. But they are!

Most caterpillars live their lives quietly eating leaves (and, of course, pooping). They rarely do any damage to the plant they live on. Sometimes, however, caterpillars can seriously harm trees and other plants. The gypsy moth caterpillar is a serious pest of oak forests in the northern US. Other caterpillars attack garden plants. If you grow tomatoes, chances are good you’ve come across the Tomato Hornworm, a big green monster that can destroy a tomato plant in less than a week.

Many kinds of caterpillars can be raised to an adult moth or butterfly. Make sure you give them a fresh supply of the exact kind of leaves you found them on, and keep them in a safe, non-breakable habitat like the InsectLore Butterfly Garden.

Amazing Insects of Panama | Source
Does This Caterpillar Sting?

While most caterpillars rely on camouflage and distasteful chemicals for protection, some have spines and hairs that can sting you. Click here to go to my Stinging Caterpillars Hub.

I hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful. From six-inch long beasties with curved horns and jagged spikes to the familiar, furry wooly bear, here are some of the most commonly encountered caterpillars of North America.

Rich Chicago Suburbs: Glencoe, Illinois

Prosperity in North Chicagoland through 2024

Glencoe is a lush suburb that surrounds the wonderful Chicago Botanic Garden in Cook County, the home of the Blues Brothers and the Second City improv group that has given us laughs through Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Dan Aykroyd, Joe Flaherty, John Belusi, Stephen Colbert, and dozens more.

The village is also on the Chicago North Shore, which is actually the southern curve of Lake Michigan. It has been named to the list of the Best 25 Places to Live in the US since 2011 at BusinessWeek and CNNMoney.

Village projects include Tuneup Downtown Glencoe, an expansion of retail, services, and dwellings; A new JPMorgan Chase bank is under construction and local monuments are being restored.
Chicago Botanic Garden
A marker1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois – 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
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Great Lakes and Glacial Ravines

The Glencoe bluffs overlooking Lake Michigan are cut though by many ravines that were left by another era’s glacier movement down through the area and back to the north. The glaciers cut out the Great Lakes as well and today, each lake is accompanied by an official Circle Tour.

Circle Tours take the motorist and his guests or family around the perimeter of each of the Great Lakes. In addition to these driving tours, a grand Circle Tour outlines all of the five lakes together, taking the visitor through both the United States and Canada. A tour of Lake Erie that I always enjoy is discussed at the Lake Erie Circle Tour.

The Lake Michigan Circle takes travelers up the North Shore of the Lake, past Chicago, Glencoe and other places, along the shore in Wisconsin, across the South Shore of Michigan’s upper Peninsula, across the five miles of the Mackinac Bridge, down the shore along Western Michigan, through Gary Indiana, and back to Illinois.

The bluffs and ravines of Gencoe make it a good place for photography and enjoying nature near the lake. Three golfing clubs are successful in this areas as well, surrounding the Village of Glencoe: Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe Village Club, Skokie Country Club. Likely, Gencoe was named after Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands and that country is the birthplace of golf.
Green Space and Forests

The Cook County Forest Preserve surrounds the Village of Glencoe on three sides. Areas of the preserve are undergoing reforestation.
Cook County Forest Preserve
Skokie Lagoons
Sensational Attractions

Anne Loucks Gallery, Glencoe, IL.
Glencoe Beach – Maintained by the Village of Glencoe.
Farmer’s Market in Downtown Glencoe.
Glencoe Grand Prix – Bicyling Event under USA Cycling each May; several age classifications, including children. Music, food, block party.
Grand Food Center – A high-service supermarket.
Green Bay hike/bake trail
Ravine Bluffs Development at Sylvan Road – See the six historical homes and the Frank Lloyd Wright bridge.
Skokie Lagoons
Writer’s Theater, associated with Architect Jeanne Gang. She is responsible for building the theater’s new location by 2016.

Unusual Deaths of Eleven Classical Composers

Grave of Anton Webern
Grave of Anton Webern | Source
The Eleven

Death is a part of life, and sometimes death comes in unusual ways. For composers of classical music there have been a number of deaths that could be considered unusual. Some of these composer deaths will have people wondering how could that composer do something that stupid? Other deaths on the list happen to be tragic, while others in a cynical sort of way, are amusing.

This article is the second part of a two part series about untimely or unusual deaths of classical composers. The first article focused on composers who died at a young age. Criteria for being on this list is simply the composer died in a way that was uncommon or unusual.

Below are eleven unusual composer deaths, plus a bonus death, where the death itself wasn’t unusual, but what they found afterwards was.
No creative common pictures of Schobert exist, so here’s a picture of a poisonous mushroom.
No creative common pictures of Schobert exist, so here’s a picture of a poisonous mushroom. | Source
Johann Schobert

(1735? – August 28th, 1767)

Johann Schobert was a renowned composer during his time. His music was studied by a young Mozart, who at an early age was largely influenced by Schobert’s music. Besides having his name frequently mistaken for Schubert’s, today, Schobert is largely remembered for the way he died.

During a dinner amongst friends and family at his home in Paris, Schobert had mushrooms brought to the table that were poisonous. His guests informed him that the mushrooms were poisonous, but Schobert managed to convince them, and himself, that they were not. Schobert was wrong about the mushrooms, and as a result Schobert, his wife, one of his children, his maid, and four of his friends died eating them.
Picture of Lully
Picture of Lully | Source
Jean-Baptiste Lully

(November 28th, 1632 – March 22nd, 1687)

Jean-Baptiste Lully was a great composer during the French Baroque era of music. He was famous for creating a uniquely French sound for opera, and for being one of the earliest composers to break from the Italian opera tradition. Lully was so successful that he became a favorite court composer for the French King Louis XIV.

Lully’s music today isn’t widely performed, but his musical accomplishments are still remembered. His death is also still remembered, and is frequently the butt of jokes about conductors. While conducting a performance of his sacred piece, The Deum, Lully stabbed himself in the foot with his conducting baton. Gangrene eventually infected the injury, and he died a short while later.
Portrait of Scriabin
Portrait of Scriabin | Source
Alexander Scriabin

(January 6th, 1872 – April 27th, 1915)

One of Russia’s greatest composers at the turn of the 20th century saw his music begin to fade into obscurity shortly after he died. However, towards the latter half of the 20th century, a re-emergence of Scriabin’s music had begun, resulting in his music returning to concert halls across the globe.

Scriabin was famous for his ten piano sonatas and the evolution of his musical compositional style. Scriabin’s early musical output showed a large influence from Chopin, while later he created his own atonal musical system, that was independent of the atonal system of Arnold Schoenberg (the man who is credited with starting atonality in music). Scriabin was also famous for declaring he had synesthesia, a disorder where a person sees colors when they hear sounds. Scriabin would credit this disorder for his musical evolution.

Scriabin, while shaving one day cut his lip. A common injury, but unfortunately it would ultimately lead to his death at the age of 43. Shortly after cutting his lip, an infected boil filled the cut area. Scriabin’s immune system overreacted, making his official cause of death Septicemia.
Picture of Chausson
Picture of Chausson | Source
Frantisek Kotzwara

(1730? – September 2nd, 1791)

Frantisek Kotzwara was a Czech virtuosic double bassist living in England. In addition to being a performer, Kotzwara also composed string quartets and trios as well as serenades. His music today is largely forgotten, but his death may be the most notorious in the whole history of classical music.

Kotzwara was frequently around prostitutes, and while in London Kotzwara visited a prostitute named Susannah Hill. Kotzwara took Hill out to an expensive dinner and afterwards asked her to castrate him. Hill refused to castrate Kotzwara, so Kotzwara convinced Hill to comprise with him by letting him have sex with her while he tied his neck with a noose to a doorknob. Hill agreed to do this. Unfortunately for both of them, Kotzwara strangled himself to death while having sex with Hill.

Kotzwara’s death at the age of 61 made him one of the earliest known recorded deaths to be caused by auto-erotic asphyxiation. Hill was tried for the murder of Kotzwara but was found innocent of any wrong doing.
Ernest Chausson

(January 20th, 1855 – June 10th, 1899)

Ernest Chausson was a mildly successful French composer during the latter half of the 19th century. He studied under Massenet at the Paris Conservatoire and failed in his bid to capture the Prix de Rome, a prestigious prize in music composition. During his life he was the secretary for the National Society of Music, and he was an avid collector of paintings.

Today, Chausson is remembered for the manner in which he died. While riding his bike, Chausson took a wrong turn down a hill. Presumably losing control of his bike, and while riding at a high speed, Chausson rode straight into a brick wall, which killed him instantly. He was only 44 at the time of his death.
Portrait of Stradella
Portrait of Stradella | Source
Enrique Granados

(July 27th, 1867 – March 21st, 1916)

Enrique Granados was a successful Spanish composer who lived during the turn of the 20th century. Granados is widely remembered for his piano suite Goyescas, a suite based off the paintings of Francisco de Goya, and for his fear of water. Granados’s death is filled with ironies and tragedy.

During World War I, Granados was in France when he was invited to give a piano recital to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. In order to get to the U.S. he would need to travel by ferry to England first, and then take a ship out to the U.S. Granados missed his scheduled departure to England in order to record some live player-piano rolls.

His delay put him on the ill fated ferry called Sussex. While crossing the English Channel with his wife, the Sussex was torpedoed by a German U-Boat. Granados managed to make it to on a lifeboat, but while the lifeboat began to sail to safety he saw his wife flailing about in the ocean. Despite his lifelong fear of water, Granados jumped in the ocean and attempted save her. Unfortunately he couldn’t swim and they both drowned.

Ironically the cabin on the ferry where Granados was staying did not sink, and it was eventually towed back to England. All of the people on that cabin during the attack managed to survive.
Alessandro Stradella

(April 3rd 1639 – February 25th – 1682)

Alessandro Stradella was an Italian composer during the middle of the Baroque Era. During his time Stradella was an immensely successful composer. His fame would later be surpassed by Vivaldi and Corelli, but he remained an important influence on their music. Stradella was also an important pioneer in writing the concerto grosso. The concerto grosso became a popular composition structure and would later evolve into the concerto.

Stradella today is remembered for his affairs with the wives of powerful noblemen. During the early part of his career, while composing music in Rome, Stradella unsuccessfully attempted to embezzle money from the Roman Catholic Church. He also had had affairs with a number of noblemen’s wives in Rome by this time. His poor behavior resulted in a bounty being put on his head, and Stradella was forced to flee Rome permanently.

Rome would not be the only city Stradella would have to flee during his life, and ultimately his affairs would catch up to him in Genoa. In 1682 an assassin hired by an unknown noble stabbed Stradella to death outside the Piazza Banchi. Stradella was 42 at the time.
Maurice Ravel

(March 7th, 1875 – December 28th, 1937)

Maurice Ravel was one of the most important composers in the early 20th century. Along with Debussy, Ravel was frequently associated with impressionism in music, a classification he disagreed with. Ravel was famous for his chamber works, solo piano pieces, and concertos.

His demands on solo piano performers in his compositions increased the virtuosity required for performers of his piano music. His large scale orchestral works were known for their textures and instrumental combinations. Ravel’s Bolero and his ballet Daphne and Chloe were highly influential compositions and the orchestral textures are still being mimicked today.

While riding in a taxicab in Paris, Ravel’s driver hit another cab causing Ravel to slam his face into the window. Over the next five years after this accident, Ravel’s slowly lost all of his memory and eventually slipped into a coma and died after an unsuccessful attempt to fix his deteriorating brain.

Volume Of Illinois Foreclosure Homes Climbs Anew

The bearish housing market sentiment in Illinois continues. Property tracking firm RealtyTrac Inc has released data showing that the number of Illinois foreclosure homes rose 21% in October 2008 to about 12,700 households compared to the volume a year ago. The state’s rate of foreclosure also grew 24% compared to September. That means there is a home under foreclosure in the state for every 410 houses. That is greater than the national average of a home foreclosed for every 452.

This is bad news to market analysts and market players. But it certainly is a piece to be raved about by opportunistic homebuyers and home investors, who are always on the lookout to snap up dwellings at very reasonable and cheap prices. Who would not jump in joy in acquiring a house about 50% off the actual market value? It is not surprising that for several months already, transactions involving foreclosed home purchases dominate the housing market in Illinois.

Illinois is noted for being the most populated and demographically diverse state in the US Midwestern region. The strategic geographic location has made it easy for the state to be a center for trade, business, commercialism and arts. Many American families surely find Illinois and its important cities Chicago and Springfield as among the best and most conducive areas to live in.

If you are planning to acquire a vacation home or if you aim to generate revenues by renting out a house, be reminded that it is currently the best time to buy Illinois foreclosure homes. While the inventory keeps piling up, the price tags are also dropping that any buyer would surely find such assets irresistible.

Homes In Illinois Foreclosure Listings Keep Piling Up

This may sound bad news to housing economists and homeowners but good news to prospective homebuyers and investors. The number of foreclosed homes filings in Illinois increased 24% in October compared to the volume in September. Year-on-year, the figure, which was at 12,681 homes, was up 21%, according to latest information released by online property tracker RealtyTrac.

A home in every 410 households in the state is undergoing foreclosure in the period. That is still higher than the national rate of one house in every 452 households. In October 2008, Illinois remains at the top 10 list of states with high foreclosures. It was prominent still at No. 9.

Illinois foreclosure listings are set to include more foreclosed homes in the coming months. This could provide more homebuyers and investors greater opportunities to take advantage of falling prices. Thus, transactions involving foreclosures are still expected to drive the course of the housing industry in the state.

Most foreclosed homes in Illinois are to be found in Cook County, with almost 6,900 households that received foreclosure notices; that’s a home in every 313. Will County had 990 homes, DuPage County had 807 and Lake County had 815. Now you can have an idea where most homes for sale under Illinois foreclosure listings could be found.

As such, it is still the best time to purchase practically priced and affordable foreclosed homes in Illinois. If you aim to secure and attain proper guidance in your potential home investment, Illinois foreclosure listings are also providing tips and insights about how you could maximize your investments in the state. It is the best time to buy. Seize the available cheap opportunities while they last.

Illinois Foreclosure Homes For The Best Values

Buying a new home can be an overwhelming proposition in a lot of ways. With so much concern about the future of the housing market, it can be hard to justify making a big investment, since there’s no guarantee for appreciation value anytime soon. But when you learn to buy discount Illinois foreclosure homes, you can find some of the best deals available currently by buying below market prices, creating both savings and ensuring an instant equity value for investment!

The market for Illinois foreclosure homes has grown incredibly over the past few years, thanks to the rising trend in foreclosure nationwide. In fact, Illinois has one of the largest inventories of foreclosure properties in the nation, especially in area s surrounding the bustling city of Chicago, and their extraordinary numbers are driving down their already low prices.

Illinois foreclosure homes are unique because they are sold off by mortgage lenders as a means of collecting debts. Often times, at the auctions and public sales through which these properties are sold, lenders end up underselling them simply to get enough to cover the debt amount. This leaves homebuyers and investors to capitalize, by paying anywhere from 10 to 50% below market value on a wide range of apartments, houses and even commercial properties. This means a great chance for homebuyers, as you can have investment value upon purchase, since you’ve bought for so far below market value.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio – Oak Park, Illinois

Making our way from Unity Temple we come to a neighborhood off Chicago Avenue that is dominated by architectural marvels. Sprinkled throughout a smattering of Queen Anne and Italianate homes are several of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie masterpieces. Before you get to those, though, you notice a sprawling Shingle Style house (Shingle style is basically a classification of Queen Anne style) that appears to have been built at different times. The large brown house is known as the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and it was the location of his early 20th century Oak Park firm.

1889 – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

Though the building is clearly not a Prairie style building, the influence is obvious, especially on the Chicago Avenue facing facade where the library and studio are located. Wright designed and had the house built in 1889, via a loan from his then-employer architect Louis Sullivan. In the coming days, we will see how this loan has led to an interesting scholarly contradict about the relationship of Wright and Sullivan.

The Studio portion of the building, facing Chicago Avenue

Wright made major additions and renovations in 1895, and in 1898, which was when the Studio and its connecting corridor was added. The 1898 area, in my opinion, was one of the most amazing parts of the interior; an interior which throughout doesn’t necessarily reflect the historical roots of the exterior style.

Wright designed art glass

From 1909 on Wright’s studio was no longer located in the house, the studio becoming a residence for his first wife and younger children. Later, it was converted into an apartment building until the National Trust for Historic Preservation acquired the property in 1974 and began an intense restoration. Today, the home and studio is restored to its 1909 appearance, and operated as a museum by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. If you have the time and means, I highly recommend you take the tour, current rates are available on the Preservation Trust’s website.

Restoration on original reliefs on the Chicago Avenue studio entrance

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 1976, the U.S. Department of the Interior declared the home and studio a National Historic Landmark. Detailed information can be found in the various links provided below.

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How to Get a VA Home Loan – Who Is Eligible?

There are different classifications of people that qualify for a VA Home Loan. The classifications are:

Current active members of the Guard or Reserves
Discharged members of the Guard or Reserves
Active duty military
Regular military discharged veterans

Individuals that are current active members of the Guard or Reserves need to request from their commanding officer a statement of service. The commanding officer needs to date and sign the statement and it should be prepared on official military letterhead. The following information will need to appear on the letter:

Your full name
Your Social Security Number
Enlistment date of Guard or Reserve Duty
Must designate “active” and not currently a part of an inactive or control group.

Discharged members of the Guard or Reserves can supply a copy of the report of separation as well as a copy of the record of service. An alternative is to complete NGB Form 22 or points statement. If you choose to use the points statement then it must indicate that you participated in duty for at least 6 years and you received an honorable discharge.

For those individuals that are currently full time active in the military a signed statement of service from the commanding officer is required. This letter must appear on official military letterhead and include the following information:

Your full name
Your birth date
Your Social Security number and/or your service number
The date in which you enlisted
Your current duty status
Must indicate that you have “No Time Lost.” (NOTE: if you have lost time, the time must be listed)
For those currently serving in the national guard or the reserves you must indicate if you currently served under title 10 or title 32

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