white and black caterpillar (Hickory Tussock moth caterpillar)
black body, white hair with a little brown at the roots. fairly thick. about an inch long. found in bangor, maine.
Mouse colored furry caterpillar (Southern flannel moth larva)
Found this under the apple tree. It can move fairly fast. About 1 & 1/2 inch long and 1/2 plus wide and looks so furry it reminds us very much of a mouse. Back has a rusty colred ridge and it has a furry upturned tail.
He actually has a triangle shape when viewed head on.
Fuzzy yellow ridge backed caterpillar (Flannel moth caterpillar)
by Lisa C.
(San Antonio, TX)
Found in San Antonio TX, area. Looks a little like a mini Tribble!
Maybe 1 1/2 inches long and fat. Got around pretty quickly, and never was still, other than when it stopped for a drink where the stone was wet, from my watering the potted plants.
I always assume fuzzy caterpillar, not good to touch. But I don't destroy anything (well maybe mosquitoes and fleas, and ticks on pets). :) Any ideas on this fuzzy fellow? I could find nothing like him anywhere I looked in books or online.
yellow spiny caterpillar (Automeris species caterpillar)
by T Russo
(Chalmette, LA, USA)
Less than 1 inch long, crawling on cement driveway, Chalmette, LA
Green larva on dogwood leaf ( IO moth caterpillar)
Family of 8 larva
These larva have surrounded a dogwood leaf in NE Pennsylvania. No others have been found on the tree. They are about 1 1/2 long.
green caterpillar (Saddleback caterpillar)
(Silver Spring, MD)
less than one inch, brown with bright lime green band. has brown/black dot with white outline on the top and a small white dot on both head and tail. lot of legs like a caterpillar but with four antenna looking spikes covered in prickles. found in on a hosta leaf after i rubbed against it with my wrist. it left several small lumps from the prickles.
Moni says Brian, your photo is of a saddleback caterpillar.
It has poisonous spines on the four large projections (tubercles) and many smaller ones that stick out from the sides of its body. Contact with them causes a burning sensation and inflammation that can be as painful as a bee sting. The irritation can last for a day or two and may be accompanied by nausea during the first few hours. Usually the site of contact reddens and swells much like a bee sting.
A person "stung" by a poisonous caterpillar should immediately wash the affected area to remove any insect hairs and poison that remain. An ice pack will help reduce swelling, and creams and lotions containing steroids will lessen the discomfort.
The saddleback caterpillar is a general feeder. Food sources are many trees, shrubs, and grasses including apple, asters, blueberries, citrus, corn, dogwoods, elms, grapes, linden, maples, oaks, Prunus species, sunflowers and viburnums.
Sheri submitted a pic of the same caterpillar and learned they do feed in green beans and the sting hurts.
Read more here
White Caterpillar with Brown Hairs (White-marked Tussock moth caterpillar)
This mystery caterpillar was found on a bicycle seat! The house where it was seen is in central Maryland, on a very wooded lot in a rural area. It had a red head, four white bumps on its back, was very fuzzy and had brown hairs on the rear jutting up like a tail. We took care not to touch as it could possibly be a stinging variety. It was coaxed onto a stick and returned to the woods. Any idea what it is? Thanks.
Round & Green, lots of fuzzy protuberances (Crowned Slug caterpillar)
Green Round Fuzzy Edges
I can't even tell what family this bug might be in. Sorry, don't know where he was except found on a hike in the 'wilds of the Catskills'. There are two red dots. The science teacher who found it & wants to help his students ID it says it looks like a cross between a roly poly & an inchworm.
Wispy, yellow caterpillar (Cottonwood dagger moth caterpillar)
This was crawling along our wooden retaining wall mid-July here in Eastern Ontario.
Caterpillar Dressed in green (Saddleback caterpillar)
by Sheri Gibson
I found this on my green beans while picking beans Aug.26,09. It stung me or bit me..anyhow the sting/bite was very painfull at the time, finger throbbed for about 30 minutes and became red and slightly swollen. I am in Temperanceville, Va.(Eastern Shore) It measures approximately one inch long. The green band is quite bright and the dot or circle is dark brown.It also has antenna at both front and back and is light tan and slightly fuzzy.
Furry white caterpillar withred/yellow/black (White-marked tussock moth caterpillar)
Probably 2" and very pretty. Was crawling on my loppers in the carport. Photo was taken on cardboard. I had used the loppers about an hour earlier on bamboo and dogwood at edge of lawn. Ground cover of vinca, creeping euonymus and virginia creeper.
I live in Nashville, TN
white furry caterpillar with red stripe (Puss caterpillar,Southern flannel moth larv)
This Caterpillar is approximately one inch in length with very dense light brown fur with an orange stripe down the back and 1 white line on each side. It was found in a playground on Cypress mulch in Tallahassee Florida.
Fuzzy green caterpillar (Io moth caterpillars)
by Bonnie Gross
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Fuzzy green caterpillar devouring Florida hibiscus plant
This fuzzy green caterpillar is about 2 to 3 inches long and is as thick as my finger. Has rings of prickly spikes (ouch.) About five of these guys are devouring every leaf on my hibiscus plant. I'm leaving them alone, hoping they'll be butterflies and not awful pests. I am in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Short, white, fuzzy caterpillar (Flannel moth caterpillar)
Small and fast moving crawler. Have no idea what kind it is. Location Central Texas, Austin area.
1 & 1/2 to 2 inches yellow & orange furry insect ( White-marked tussock moth caterpilla)
Pom Pom Balls
Found insect on my arm while sitting out on porch. I think it was on the bench & crawled from there onto my arm. Insect hair? felt very soft.
Colorful Caterpillar (Fir tussock moth caterpillar)
(Lady Lake, Florida, USA)
Found all over apartment complex. Are they dangerous?
Orange Head, white body with orange spots, brown stripe on back, brown fuzzies, brown antennas and green bumps on back or eggs...
Green caterpillar with black spines (American dagger moth caterpillar)
Caperpillar is med. green about 2-3 in. long on the sidding of my house. About 3:00pm when I saw it climbing my house, when I got off the school bus. I have no idea what kind it is but I am intrigued about it. Would really like to know what it is.if you can help please do... Thank you so much!!!!!:)
green caterpillar with hairs (White-marked tussock moth caterpillar)
We found a caterpillar crawling on our umbrella and have never seen one like it. It was about 1/1/2" long, black and yellow, white tufts, red spot behind the head and 4 white fan like appendages on the back. Found in Haliburton, Ontario. I would appreciate it if someone can identify what type of caterpillar it is. Thank you.
Big Fuzzy Yellow Caterpillar (American dagger moth caterpillar)
by Heidi Nieuwenhuis
(Atlanta, Georgia USA)
He was about 21/2 - 3 inches long and has yellow fur/hair with those long black ones poking out. Is he poisonous?