Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - (Lochmaeus manteo)
A stinging, acidic spray from this caterpillar can leave a close observer or handler with blisters.
The Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar can be detailed through the following descriptors for identification:
green; red; white; diagonal stripe on face; paired red bumps.
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; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Manitoba; 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 Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar as insects typically go where they please, driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.