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This bizarre looking caterpillar not only has a great defense in camouflage and mimicking, but it also has stinging hairs that are very nasty. Its larva is known as the monkey slug. See it's movements in video:https://youtu.be/LnADF1QnSZ4
Spotted on a trail thru a hardwood forest next to Grassy Lake at Bell Slough.
Larvae eat a variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, such as apple, ash, birch, cherry, chestnut, dogwood, hickory, oak, persimmon, walnut, and willow.
Lat: 34.94, Long: -92.40
Spotted on Sep 11, 2018
Submitted on Sep 12, 2018