Floridian Black Caterpillar.
Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 2:41 PM
Hello Mr.Bugman, let me start by saying how very much I appreciate your work. I have a very limited knowledge of bugs, but this site has taught me much. I used to have a serious, very serious phobia of all bugs. But you have taught me to turn my fear into curiosity, and for that, I thank you.
I found this little guy out side my house, on the porch. We live in Northern Florida, in Milton, USA. This picture was taken in December, and the weather was about 20 degrees, and it had just rained. I was worried about this caterpillar, but because I feared I might harm him, I did not touch him. I checked and did not see this type of caterpillar on your site, so I do not know what species he is. Thank you for your time, it is very appreciated!
Much Love, Nick from Florida.
Nick L.
Milton, Florida, USA

Woolly Bear

Woolly Bear

Hi Nick,
Your caterpillar is a Woolly Bear, the caterpillar of a Tiger Moth.  We can’t be more specific than the subfamily Arctiidae.

5 Responses to Woolly Bear

  1. Vince1 says:

    That looks like the caterpillar of a Giant Leopard Moth- Ecpantheria scribonia. Usually you can see red rings around it when it is curled up, but that picture is dark so it is hard to tell for sure. I have a pic of an adult I can send, if there isn’t one on the site already. The adults are beautiful.

  2. Janine Woodard says:

    I found one of these caterpillars, about ten days after having it it looked like it had made some kind of web around it, then it looked like it shed its fur. I had what seem to me like a rustish color shell, then that turned black. It still looks like there is some fur on it though, its been almost three weeks and nothing has happened yet and I am getting worried. Any advise.

  3. Alli says:

    One exactly like this one landed on me around my chest, I kind of panicked about it and still kinda am, I’ve read and googled a lot about it and learn that some are venomous, I only felt a tickle/something crawling and that’s it and nothing has appeared on me or the area it was on at all, should I be worried?

    • bugman says:

      You would know by now if your encounter was with a stinging caterpillar. You are probably mistaking a harmless Woolly Bear with a stinging Asp, the caterpillar of a Flannel Moth.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *