Black-waved Flannel Moth Caterpillar - (Megalopyge crispata)
The painful, stinging hairs on the Black-waved Flannel Moth Caterpillar look soft to touch and beckon the uninformed to pet it.
The Black-waved Flannel Moth Caterpillar becomes the Black-waved Flannel Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Crinkled Flannel Moth Caterpillar, White Flannel Moth Caterpillar.
The Black-waved Flannel Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
stinging; irritating; painful; rash; embed; hairs; tufts; cotton; white; yellow; fluffy; wispy; fur; furry; yellow; tan; light brown; covered; wide; oblong; fat.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Black-waved Flannel Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.