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Stinging Caterpillar is Probably a Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Our reader writes to us to help identify what "looks like a cross between a slug and a worm or a caterpillar. The bottom is smooth like a slug, the top is brown and appears to have fine hair or bristles, it has short legs like a caterpillar." The reader continues to describe the specimen as having three ridges down its back with a few white feathery tufts on the sides, approximately 1 and 1/2 inches long with a head like a leaf roller, and a tail that looks like hair strands. When her husband found it on his leg, he reported it felt as though it was "stinging" him. We didn't receive a photograph of this worm or larvae, but it does sound like this caterpillar, identified at this website as a wooly worm, but which is actually a banded or spotted tussock moth caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris Continue reading [...]
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