Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar - (Hypercompe scribonia)
The Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar is surprisingly safe to touch despite the menacing clusters of spiky black hairs all over it.
The Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar becomes the Giant Leopard Moth and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Giant Woollybear Caterpillar.
The Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
black; spiky; harmless; safe; bristle; cluster; hairs; red bands on body; orange yellow bands; black head; curl.
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; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Quebec
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.