Saddleback Caterpillars

Sibine stimulea



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This caterpillar is capable of stinging.  It is commonly called the "saddleback" or "pack saddle."  It has an oval brown spot in the center of the body.  Spines contain the poison, and if you are unlucky enough to get stung, it would react similar as a bee sting.  These caterpillars are often found in the garden on corn leaves.  Other stinging caterpillars have been reported, however are rarely observed in Tennessee.  These include the "skiff moth," "puss moth" and the "hag moth" caterpillars.


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