Subject: Furry stick bug
Location: Knoxville, tn
April 29, 2017 10:50 am
Found this guy crawling on my deck and have never seen anything like it. It looked furry, had an orange head with antennas and some kind of tail. Almost like a cross between a stick bug, centipede and butterfly. What is this?
It was found mid day, in the shade on April 29, 2017. Its a warm day in the 80s.
This is a Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar, Orgyia leucostigma, and it should be handled with caution as the hairs might cause irritation in sensitive people. According to BugGuide: “CAUTION: Avoid handling the caterpillar, as its hair is known to cause allergic reactions, especially in areas of the body with sensitive skin (e.g. back, stomach, inner arms). Seek medical treatment if a severe reaction occurs.”