Another Florida Stinging Caterpillar: The Saddleback Caterpillar!
Look at those amazing spines. Aren't they something else?
I'm a bit of a sucker for dangerous animals and plants... and this one is no exception. I've previous written about Florida's stinging puss caterpillar... today we'll take a look at this week's visiting stinging caterpillar.
The saddleback caterpillar is not particularly dangerous, really, but it does sting like the dickens. Here's the rest of that fellow:
This lovely stinging caterpillar was discovered on one of my yard-long beans by the children. Fortunately no one bumped into him.
I love the way the saddle looks - really a beautiful creature.
The spines are also lovely. The saddleback caterpillar is like a little stinging assault vehicle.
They don't really do much damage to plants, fortunately, so I just leave them alone to grow up into moths and fly off to go make little stinging babies.
To wrap up, here's a little video I did of this particular saddleback caterpillar:
Florida is truly a weird and wonderful place. Even our poisonous caterpillars look cool.
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