Saddleback Caterpillar Moth
Acharia [Sibine] stimulea
Hodges 4700

Identification Dr. James Adams. Description Covell, Moths of Eastern North America, Pg. 412.

The wings are glossy dark chocolate brown with black shading. Look for one white dot near the forewing base and one to three dots near the apex. The hindwing is paler brown.

Photo courtesy Jacques Doucet, Maringouin, Louisiana
Copyright (c) 2006 Jacques Doucet

The caterpillar host plants are apple, asters, grapes, maples, oaks, dogwoods, elms, and viburnums.

The larva saddleback caterpillar can inflict a painful sting with sharp bristles on its body.

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