Monkey Slug Caterpillar - (Phobetron pithecium)
The stinging Hag Moth's larva is also called a Monkey Slug, and it looks more like a hairy octopus than a caterpillar.
The Monkey Slug Caterpillar becomes the and its adult counterpart is also known by the name(s) of: Hag Moth Caterpillar.
The Monkey Slug Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
hairy; furry; fuzzy; weird; legs; tentacles; arms; octopus; brown; velvet; snail-like; black tip; eyes; pink bottom; white bottom; stinging; painful; brown head.
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; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Quebec
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Monkey Slug Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.