Subject: orange caterpillar
Location: Lakeland, FL
February 10, 2014 12:53 pm
We found several of these crawling around on rocks. They’re very fast movers, but curl up if you touch them. They’re about 1 to 1 1/4″ long. We didn’t see them on any plants, just the rocks. We’re in Central Florida, inland and found them on 2/10/14. I’ve never seen anything like this before and after trudging through the interweb, don’t see any pics that match. As you can see in the 2nd fuzzy pic, they have black heads. He was on the move and hard to catch.
thanks for any help.
Signature: Cindy & Jim
Dear Cindy & Jim,
We are very rushed this morning and our initial attempts at identification did not produce any results. We are posting your photos as unidentified and we hope to return to this later when we have more time. Meanwhile, perhaps one of our readers wants to take up the challenge. We are not certain if these are caterpillars or Sawfly Larvae.
Thanks for your quick reply. We’ve never seen anything like it.
Considering your Florida location, this could easily be a new exotic import from a faraway land.
I was afraid of that. I feel like we should go hunt them down and hold on to them until we know what they are. We have too many exotics here.