Location: Suburb North of Atlanta, GA
September 24, 2010 8:43 am
My son noticed this orange and black spiked caterpillar on our way into the zoo yesterday. After recently becoming alerted to the stinging power of certain spiked/barbed caterpillars like the saddleback from your site, I cautioned the kiddos not to touch this guy. I didn’t think I recalled seeing him on the list of stinging butterflies-to-be but caution never stung anyone. Sadly I did not have my real camera with me, but my phone grabbed an image I was later able to identify, I think, as the Gulf Fritillary.
Thanks to you guys when we also encountered a Sycamore Tussock inside the zoo I did know it was harmless. After much reassurance to my friend that I *knew* it was safe, I was then able to assist her young son in gently petting him.
I noticed you have many pictures of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly but not many of the pretty orange caterpillar. Maybe these will be of interest.
Thanks so much for adding to our archive again by filling in a species that didn’t get much recent documentation. We probably haven’t posted an image of a Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar since before our major site overhaul and migration over two years ago.