4700 – Acharia stimulea

Saddleback Caterpillar Moth

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Acharia stimulea,  Saddleback Caterpillar Moth
Acharia stimulea,  Saddleback Caterpillar Moth
Acharia stimulea,  Saddleback Caterpillar Moth larva

Distribution Chart

K. Largo   Marath. Ba. Hond     B.P.K.   No Name  Sck. Isd.    K. West
Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed on that island

Adult Flight Chart

Colored box indicates adult of this species has been confirmed in that month
  Jan.       Feb.     Mar.     Apr.    May     Jun.      Jul.       Aug.     Sep.     Oct.     Nov.     Dec.

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General Species Information

Host Plant: Polyphagous, grasses, palms, citrus etc…

Historical Range: Eastern USA

Our Experience with this Species: This species is not common at lights however the larva is often encountered more frequently than the adult. We have only seen the adults of the species on Key Largo in April and November but it is likely present more commonly than it does appear at lights

Notes: The caterpillar of this species bares the markings for which it gets its name. Its spines pack a very powerful and painful sting. Stings from this species feel much like a localized burn and pain lasts for several hours. They should not be handled