Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillar

The following photos show a couple of Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillars (Acronicta oblinita), a type of stinging caterpillar, spotted on 06 September 2013 during a photowalk along the boardwalk that goes through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you’ll know it by the burning, itching … Source Credit: Smeared Dagger Moth Caterpillar.

Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita)

Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita)

Smeared Dagger Moth caterpillar (Acronicta oblinita)

Thanks to Mike Powell, fellow wildlife photographer and blogger, for identifying this unusual caterpillar.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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