Spiny Oak Slug Caterpillar

Subject: Caterpillar or ????
Location: New Marshfield, ohio
October 1, 2013 10:10 pm
Hello bug man!! My boyfriend and I were out deer hunting recently and he can across a unique critter that you may enjoy. Neither of us have ever seen anything like it and was wondering what you may be able to find out about it for us and yourself. It has yellow spine like things on it with what looks like red on the back and a green belly and legs. Any ideas???
Signature: Alexandra

Spiny Oak Slug
Spiny Oak Slug

Hi Alexandra,
This is indeed a caterpillar, and it is commonly called the Spiny Oak Slug.  The scientific name is
Euclea delphinii and you should handle with caution as this is a stinging caterpillar.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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