Green Caterpiller With Bush Spikes (Io moth caterpillar)

by Kimberly
(Citrus springs florida )

Look like green bushy spikes and red ring around side of body

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Io moth caterpillar
by: Moni

Kimberly
Your beautiful caterpillar will turn into the Io moth, Automeris io, one member of the silk moth family - Saturniidae.

They feed on a wide variety of plants including birches, clover, corn, elms, maples, oaks, willows, roses, cotton, hibiscus, azaleas, palms, and even some grasses.

They are not a pest.

The caterpillars stay in clusters early on, but will separate as they mature.

They leave the host plant to form a cocoon, usually in leaf litter. There may be up to four generations in the south, but usually just one in the north.

These insects are found in eastern North America west to AZ.

Caution: The caterpillars may "sting" if handled.
The larger the caterpillar the more intense the stinging sensation caused by the spines. Glad you checked on this one.


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