More Saddleback Caterpillar Moths

The following photographs show several Saddleback Caterpillar Moths (Acharia stimulea), a.k.a. “slug caterpillars,” spotted along the boardwalk in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 30 September 2013.

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 head is at the top (relative to the photos), in case you’re wondering “Which end is up?”

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth (Acharia stimulea)

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth (Acharia stimulea)

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth (Acharia stimulea)

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One Response to “More Saddleback Caterpillar Moths”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    The first time that I saw one of these caterpillars, I remember thinking they were the strangest insect that I had ever observed. Looking at your wonderful shots of this unusual insect, I realize that my views have not changed.

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