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Saddleback Caterpillar


Attempting to touch the black 'button' on the back of the Saddleback Caterpillar can cause hours of stinging pain.


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Image Credit: Jair D. from Charlotte, NC
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TAXONOMY:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Limacodidae
Genus: Acharia
Species: stimulea

Caterpillar Details



The Saddleback Caterpillar becomes the Saddleback Caterpillar Moth.

Description:
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
Image Credit: Alex -icycatelf- Bowen
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Adult Form (Saddleback Caterpillar Moth)
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Saddleback Caterpillar Diet



apple: asters: blueberry; corn; dogwood; elm; grapefruit tree; grapevine; lemon tree; linden; maple; oak; orange tree; plum; sunflower; viburnum

Territorial Areas



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.
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Prince Edward Is.  
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The map above showcases (in blue) the states and territories of North America where the Saddleback Caterpillar may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.*NOTE: States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Saddleback Caterpillar. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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