Saddleback Caterpillar

Prickly Stinging Bug
Location:  Atlanta, GA
August 10, 2010 6:08 am
We found a bug that stings and looks kind of like a sand spur you find at the beach.
We found tree of these bugs on the blades of some tall ornamental grass.
On each end there are little brown spurs and in the middle there is a marking that looks like an eye.
Could be some sort of caterpillar but it doesn’t seem to move while watching it.
Total length is about a quarter inch and about half as wide as it is long.
Any idea’s.
Ken

Saddleback Caterpillar

Hi Ken,
The sting of the Saddleback Caterpillar,
Acharia stimulea, is quite painful and the effects are reported to be long lasting.

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2 thoughts on “Saddleback Caterpillar”

  1. Hi. Is there any way to repel saddlebacks from my garden? I don’t want to kill them, just see them gone (they hurt).

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