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Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera

Moths and Butterflies

Stinging Caterpillars

Io moth

The entire body of the Io moth caterpillar is covered with clusters of pale green, black-tipped, branched spines that are very irritating when they come in contact with the skin. These whorls of spines arise from small tubercles. Full-grown larvae are about 2 to 3 inches long. The body is pale green except for white and reddish brown stripes running the length of the abdomen and associated with the spiracles. The young caterpillars are usually gregarious, but as they grow they become solitary. Common host plants include maple, sassafras, oak, hickory, elm, apple, beech, cherry, black locust, mulberry, dogwood, sycamore, and even corn and other grasses.

Saddleback Moth

This caterpillar is found in the eastern and southern areas of North America and into South America. They habitat lowlands and temperate forests. As a mature moth they are a dull reddish brown color. However, as caterpillars they are a deep purple-brown color with saddle, edged with white. The Saddleback caterpillar has a pair of poisonous horn-like protrusions at either end of its body.