joe at bio.umass.edu
Tue Sep 14 20:07:56 EDT 1999
You have probably stumbled on a Saddleback Caterpillar, _Sibine
stimulea_. It is known for its painful stinging bristles. It develops
into a moth of not great distinction. The caterpillar is the thing that
inspires the name here.
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Enjoy and beware!
> I live in a slightly wooded suburban area outside of St. Louis,
> Missouri, and today my brother and his friend found a caterpillar that
> I have never seen before. The friend accidentally brushed up against
> the caterpillar and immediately experienced a painful tingling in his
> arm and got a red rash with several large, raised bumps that subsided
> after about 15 minutes. The caterpillar is approximately one inch long
> with no obvious segmentation (I'm not sure if it is a caterpillar or
> some kind of slug). The body is new-leaf green with an oval shape on
> its back ringed with white and grey-brown in the middle. The head,
> abdomen and tail is the same grey-brown color. On each side is six
> tufts of hair. The head has tufted antennae, and various tufts around
> the face. The tail is a mimic of the head with two bright yellow spots
> that resemble eyes. It was consuming a leaf when the boy brushed up
> against it.
> Can anyone tell me if this is a caterpillar and what kind it might be?
> Any help would be greatly appreciated as I am very curious.
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Joseph G. Kunkel, Professor
Biology Department joe at bio.umass.edu
University of Massachusetts http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/kunkel
Amherst MA 01003
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