stinging caterpillar

stinging caterpillar

caterpillar with urticarious hairs or spines that cause allergic dermatitis, for example, the Io moth and the puss caterpillar.

sting·ing cat·er·pil·lar

(sting'ing kat'ĕr-pil-ĕr)
A caterpillar with urticarious hairs or spines that cause allergic dermatitis, e.g., the Io moth and the puss caterpillar.
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South Florida is home to four varieties of stinging caterpillar: the Io moth, hag moth, puss moth and saddleback.
Several other types of stinging caterpillars are common in Florida, including the io moth caterpillar (Automeris io), the saddleback caterpillar (Sibine stimulea), and the puss caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis) (5).
Predators that don't like stinging caterpillars may stay away from the stink bugs as well.