Scary Caterpillar
August 30, 2009
My daughters and I found this while doing yardwork. My daughter accidentally bumped it while we were taking pictures of it and she said it stung real bad. I did remove what looked like a tiny hairlike stinger! I would love to know what this bug is!
Thanks for your help!!! Debbie
Henderson Kentucky

Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Hi Debbie,
The Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea, in the family Limacodidae is one of the Stinging Slug Caterpillars.

2 Responses to Saddleback Caterpillar

  1. torithetaco says:

    I saw a saddleback caterpillar a while back and I got stung by it. It left big welts on my arm, and I didnt know how to treat the stinging, so I put ice on it. Do you know any better way to treat a sting from the saddleback caterpillar ? Thanks!

  2. Stephanie Cleveland says:

    Oh, I had two of these together in my yard in GA today. I took photos, but it looked prickly so I didn’t attempt to touch it (glad of that after having read comments about stings)

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