Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar - (Dasychira meridionalis)
Because many relatives can be painful if handled, tread lightly near the Southern Tussock Moth's caterpillar.
The Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
white; black; gray; orange head; black head; brown head; lashes; long hairs; black antennae hair; three black bumps on back; mounds on back; orange nodes; feathery; furry; hairy.
This caterpillar has been found in the following North American states and territories:
Alabama; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia
Note that the states/territories listed are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Southern Tussock Moth Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.