Slug Caterpillar

Subject: caterpillar
Location: central Florida (Bushnell)
June 6, 2015 6:00 pm
found this on the ground… fell from tree… Have yet to see one like this! can you tell me what kind it is? It’s only about 2-2.5 cm long. Help! Thanks!
Signature: Stephen Keszey

Skiff Moth Caterpillar
Skiff Moth Caterpillar

Dear Stephen,
Congratulations on recognizing this as a caterpillar.  This is a Slug Moth Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and after a bit of searching on BugGuide, we identified it as a Skiff Moth Caterpillar,
Prolimacodes badia.  According to BugGuide, the Skiff Moth is “Common; sometimes abundant in Florida … larvae feed on leaves of wide variety of trees and shrubs, including birch, blueberry, cherry, chestnut, Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), oak, poplar, Sweetgale (Myrica gale), willow, and others.”  We will be post-dating your submission to go live toward the end of June as we will be away from the office.

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