A Saddleback Caterpillar Moth, a.k.a. "slug caterpillar," spotted along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. The head is at the top, relative to the photo. "The saddleback caterpillar, Acharia stimulea (formerly Sibene stimulea), is the larva of a species of moth native to eastern North America. The species belongs to the family of slug caterpillars, Limacodidae." Source Credit: BugGuide. "The brown spot [dorsal] looks like a saddle, and the green area looks like a saddle blanket; hence, the common name." Source Credit: Stinging and Venomous Caterpillars http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in014
Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...
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Lat: 38.76, Long: -77.10
Spotted on Sep 27, 2013
Submitted on Dec 15, 2013