Subject: Need help identifying what bit me
September 26, 2015 5:13 pm
Hello Bugman. I was gardening and was bit by the centipede (?) viewed in the attached photo. It was on the underside of a Manhattan Euonymus and attached to the leaf by what appears to be a bright green vest. This happened in East Setauket, New York (located in Suffolk County on Long Island).
I had extreme pain and a burning sensation that traveled up my arm for about six inches.
Can you identify what this is? Thank you for any guidance you can offer.
You were not bitten, but rather stung by this Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea, a species found in much of eastern North America. According to BugGuide: “Caterpillars are capable of inflicting lasting and painful stings with their spines.”