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Spiny Slug Caterpillar

Euclea sp


Green and hairy, orange hairy spikes, and two white stripes on the back. Was only like 1 mm long, I found him on the back of my hand and I have no idea where he came from, but he was the cutest thing I've ever seen!


I don't know where I picked him up at, but most of the site is oak forest. I let him go in the grass after some photos.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Spiny Slug Caterpillar
Euclea sp. TX - Spiny Oak Slug? - Euclea - BugGuide.Net

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Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 9 years ago

Apparently oak slugs have several instars, so this is most likely one of them.

RayTung 9 years ago

nice spotting and it is cute!

AshleyT 9 years ago

Thanks J and Kunzah! The moths are so neat looking, I hope I can find one :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Species of Euclea are quite similar in their larval stages, so I don't feel too comfortable suggesting a specific ID. Considering you found it in an oak forest, E. delphinii is a strong possibility. E. nanina has not been recorded on BugGuide from Texas, but being a southeastern species, it could also be in your area. I couldn't find any foodplant information about E. incisa.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 9 years ago

Dang, Jakubko beat me by just over a minute ! I was about to post it too. :) He's right.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 12, 2013
Submitted on Jun 17, 2013

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