Question Mark Caterpillar - (Polygonia interrogationis)
Branching spikes stick out of the body and head of this multicolored caterpillar.
The Question Mark Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
red; orange; black; spikes; branching; red spines; prickly; red head with white dots; red feet legs; eight silver spots; yellow spines; pointy; multicolored.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; 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; Wyoming; 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 Question Mark Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.