This highly unusual caterpillar becomes a brown moth as an adult. The caterpillar stings and this can sometimes leave a rash on its human victim. They feed on grass, trees and shrubs. The summer season is its most active.
Category: Butterfly or Moth
Common name: Saddleback Caterpillar
Scientific Name: Acharia stimulea
Adult Size (Length): 26mm to 46mm (1.02in to 1.81in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: green; brown; white; black
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
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