Monkey Slug

Subject: Seems to have horns but slides like a snail…
Location: Columbus, Georgia, United States
January 22, 2016 6:07 pm
Coworker found this on her truck, last summer…maybe end of July. We are in Columbus, Georgia, United States.
She said this bug was in the process of forming a web; it was leaving some sort of sticky substance. It ‘slid’ like a slug but moved sideways, it had no legs. It looks as if it has some sort of horns above what she thinks are the eyes. She saw a smaller one the next day but never saw anymore and hasn’t been able to find out what it is online or in any book she’s researched.
Signature: Monica Edmonds

Monkey Slug
Monkey Slug

Dear Monica,
This is a Monkey Slug, one of the Stinging Slug Caterpillars in the family Limacodidae.  It appears to be missing several of its “arms” and it is described on BugGuide as being:  “Bizarre, brown, hairy creature that resembles some sort of aquatic creature more than a caterpillar. Three pairs of long arms and three pairs of short arms, which are “deciduous” – often one or more is missing.”  It is capable of stinging and it should be handled with caution.

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