The larval stage of the io moth ranks near the top of any list of problematic stinging caterpillars. In the Limacodidae family of slug-type caterpillars, the Saddleback has spiny horns that sting. Feb 3, 2020 - Explore Dana Mahan's board "Io moth" on Pinterest. Brian Hirsch Sr. has become very familiar with the green, creepy, crawly critters known as "io moth caterpillars." Subject: Caterpillar Geographic location of the bug: Gloucester pool on the Trent Severn waterway Date: 08/14/2019 Time: 01:51 PM EDT Your letter to the bugman: A caterpillar like this stung my son last weekend. The caterpillar stings from sharp-looking black spines poking out from its body. Stinging Rose caterpillars are found in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and other states on the Eastern coast of the US. A pale green caterpillar with a flattened shape and poisonous spines sticking out around its edge. Protruding light green spikes covering a green body are a warning sign not to handle this caterpillar. You can identify this species by the red and white stripes running the length of its side. Handling one of these dangerous caterpillars could leave you with a nasty sting similar to a bee’s sting. They feed on tree leaves such as apple, cherry, elm, spruce, rose, and chestnut. So, stinging caterpillars don’t sting in the same way that wasps or bees sting. These black caterpillars from the Nymphalidae order can grow up to 2” (5 cm) in length. Growing to about 1.3” (3.5 cm) long, these ‘tussock’ caterpillars have an exotic appearance due to their bright colors and unusual tufts of hairs. Credits: Donald W. Hall, University of Florida Figure 15. In some people, an allergic skin reaction may happen from handling a Monkey slug caterpillar. The Spiny Elm caterpillar (Nymphalis antiopa) is a striking type of spiny black caterpillar. The unusually-shaped head also has white and black stripes on it. The tufts of toxic spines sticking out around the sides are the stinging part of this caterpillar. If you have an allergy to the toxin that would be a wholly different situation and much more dangerous. Unlike most varieties of stinging caterpillars, these giant moth caterpillars don’t have urticating spines. Just because a caterpillar looks spiky, hairy, fuzzy, or furry doesn’t automatically mean it’s dangerous. Although the caterpillar has a flattened shape, a raised ridge in the middle means it is not completely flat. Although not all species of caterpillars are poisonous, they can do tremendous damage to plant foliage. Let’s look in more detail at how to identify species of caterpillars that are known to sting and cause skin irritation. Figure 14. Credits: Donald W. Hall, University of Florida Figure 16. Jeden Tag werden Tausende neue, hochwertige Bilder hinzugefügt. If they feed in large numbers, they can quickly decimate vegetation. 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