Subject: Unknown red caterpillar
Location: Southwest Ohio
August 6, 2017 8:08 pm
I found this red caterpillar today in a woods in SW Ohio. Andy idea what it is? I’m outside a lot and have never seen one before.
Though it looks like a Caterpillar, this is actually a Sawfly larva and it will become a non-stinging adult Sawfly related to bees and wasps. We believe your Sawfly larva is in the genus Cimbex.
Thank you! I noticed the link you sent was from Caesar Creek Lake, about 40 miles from here. I’m a biologist, but insects are not my strength, and I’ve never seen one of these before.