Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Saddleback Caterpillar - OUCH!!!





In September, I found several Saddleback caterpillars(Acharia stimulea) feasting on a Common Persimmon(Diospyros virginiana)in my yard. I must admit, I found them the hard way! Ouch.....they can hurt. I accidentally brushed up against a branch and felt an agonizing pain soon there after. This caterpillar is covered with bristles that can inflict a very painful sting. It is a very attractive Lepidopteran larvae, with it's bright green saddle....very unique. I found the site below that has a good bit of info on this species:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/medical/saddleback_caterpillar.htm

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