Saddleback Caterpillar - (Acharia stimulea)
Attempting to touch the black 'button' on the back of the Saddleback Caterpillar can cause hours of stinging pain.
The Saddleback Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
green; brown; black; black dot; white ring; saddle; button; middle; center; on its back; bristles; short hairs by feet; brown hairs; antennae; hairy; spiky; antennae by head and butt; projections; green eye spots; stinging; painful; poisonous spines.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Mexico.
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Saddleback Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.