Subject: 1inch worm with stickers
Geographic location of the bug: Fort Pierce Florida
Time: 06:33 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: He was eatting a leaf from bird of paradise.
How you want your letter signed: Vickie
This is a Saddleback Caterpillar and we did not know they feed on bird of paradise. According to BugGuide they feed on: “Many trees, shrubs, and grasses including apple, asters, blueberries, citrus, corn, dogwoods, elms, grapes, linden, maples, oaks, Prunus species, sunflowers and viburnums. Troy has personally seen them feeding on liriope, cherry, oak, and holly.” Handle with caution. The Saddleback Caterpillar has stinging spines.