Urticatious caterpillar found in the Everglades

DR. JAMES ADAMS JADAMS at em.daltonstate.edu
Fri Feb 4 09:47:11 EST 2000

Dear Jean,

> Does anyone know a possible identity of a caterpillar with very
> urticant hairs found in Everglades National Park feeding on White
> Mangrove leaves (Laguncularia racemosa). Its coloration is dull black
> with a few white hairs. 

Hylesia spp. are *not* found within Florida (sorry, O.G.!)

If the caterpillar was extremely hairy, I would say megalopygid 
(probably Lagoa pyxidifera).  However, I can't tell from your 
description if it is *hairy* black, with a few white hairs thrown in, or 
*naked* black, with just a few white hairs.  How large a caterpillar 
are we talking about here?  One other reasonable possibility would 
be some kind of arctiid (Tiger) moth.


Dr. James K. Adams
Dept. of Natural Science and Math
Dalton State College
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Dalton, GA  30720
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