About this Caterpillar:Though the bright green "saddle" makes you want to take a closer look at the saddleback caterpillar, don't be tempted to pick it up. The saddleback's spines protrude in nearly every direction. The caterpillar will arch its back to get as many spines into you as possible. The young caterpillars feed together in a group, but as they get larger they begin to disperse.
Where It's Found:Fields, forests, and gardens from Texas to Florida, and north to Missouri and Massachusetts.
What It Eats:Just about anything – grasses, shrubs, trees, and even garden plants.
Group:Slug Caterpillars (Family Limacodidae)
- Caterpillars of Eastern North America by David L. Wagner
- Stinging Caterpillars: A Guide to Recognition of Species Found on Alabama Trees