Asp or Flannel Moth Caterpillar

Subject: Furry Slug Fish
Location: Houston, TX
November 4, 2013 3:56 pm
This furry slug like animal was attached to our trash can outside. Texas (Houston ) Fall early November weather. The animal is about 2” long and about 1/4- 1/2 ” diameter. Furr is a greyish salt an pepper tan color with a tail that is fish shaped but consisting of Furr.
Signature: -stumped in Houston


Hi stumped in Houston,
This stinging Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar is commonly called an Asp.

1 thought on “Asp or Flannel Moth Caterpillar”

  1. Started finding these last week here in Friendswood. Kids and I thought they were cute until we looked on the Internet and found out how dangerous they were. Have found about six of them and hoping they spin their cocoons quickly so we don’t have to worry about them crawling around.


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