Location: Davie, FL
December 12, 2010 2:21 pm
Bugman, I consider myself somewhat of a pro at south florida lepidoptera as i was a professional butterfly breeder for a few years, but I found a larva today that I’ve never seen. While I was excited at seeing something new in my own backyard, not knowing what it is frustrates me to no end! Please help. Found it on the ground under some sea grape and oak trees.
You have encountered the infamous Asp, the caterpillar of the Southern Flannel Moth, Megalopyge opercularis. It gets its common name as it is quite capable of delivering a painful sting.
Thanks very much for your confirmation. Shortly after emailing you I figured it out, but thanks very much for your help anyway! You provide a great service.