Subject: pretty picture
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
October 12, 2016 6:30 pm
I am an amateur bug collector & cannot figure out what in the world this one is.
Found it on a leaf on a sidewalk in the autumn (I believe) of 2013. Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Soft, domed body.
The photo was taken with a camera phone through a simple microscope. Ignored the bug for a little bit, noticed it wasn’t on the microscope, & found it working its way up my nearby brass lamp. Placed back outside on the leaf.
This is a Crowned Slug Caterpillar, Isa textula, and we verified its identity on BugGuide. You should exercise caution in handling the Crowned Slug as it is a member of the Stinging Slug Caterpillar family Limacodidae.