Location: South-central NH
July 16, 2016 9:09 am
Hi, I live in Southern New Hampshire and found a very unusual bug (I believe a moth who had lost parts of it’s wings) on the head board of my bed the other night. I love to have it identified. I gently tapped it with a piece of paper, and it fell to the floor. When I’d returned to the spot a couple of minutes later, it was gone. It had a medium brown, fuzzy body and a large lime green marking on each side of its body.
This is a Spiny Oak Slug Moth, Euclea delphinii, a species that according to BugGuide: “adults are nocturnal and come to light.” The Spiny Oak Slug Moth caterpillar should be handled with extreme caution as it is one of the stinging caterpillars that could cause a significant reaction in sensitive people.