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Subject: What’s this leaf like bug?
Location: Steubenville, ohio
September 2, 2014 6:58 pm
I live in eastern Ohio and found this on a friends car. It has a worm like belly but looks like a fluffy leaf.. Never seen anything like this before!
Signature: Geno

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Hi Geno,
This is a Monkey Slug, the caterpillar of a Hag Moth.  Handle with care.  Monkey Slugs can give a nasty sting.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Steubenville, Ohio

3 Responses to Monkey Slug

  1. Daniel, there are some clues that states that Phobetron stings are a legend.
    I have a report of a woman handling it ith no effects and I found a discussion on Bugguide:
    http://bugguide.net/node/view/840586/bgimage
    Phobetron also appears in some of our literature as dangerous, do you have any case or know about it?

    • bugman says:

      Hi Cesar,
      Thanks for pointing out this possibility. I cannot recall getting any actual reports of people being stung. Perhaps the reputation of the Monkey Slug originates because of other stinging members in the family.

  2. Phil says:

    i live in Paris, KY and came home today and found one on my front porch. Which lead me to this website,

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