Eight-spotted Forester Moth Caterpillar - (Alypia octomaculata)
This caterpillar uses the same colors as an adult that looks more like a butterfly than a moth.
The Eight-spotted Forester Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
orange head; black dots; polka dots; orange rings; black and white stripes; zebra; white hairs; black feet; black legs; multicolored; tricolored; plump; chubby; ridges.
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; British Columbia; 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 Eight-spotted Forester Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.