Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“.

Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast.

Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on many plants, control is very difficult. Best idea is simply to be aware and be observant.

saddleback caterpillar

saddleback caterpillar

saddleback with parasitic wasp cocoons

saddleback with parasitic wasp cocoons

Saddleback Caterpillar

puss caterpillar

puss caterpillar

puss caterpillar

puss caterpillar

Puss Caterpillar

skiff moth caterpillar

skiff moth caterpillar

skiff moth caterpillar

skiff moth caterpillar

Stinging caterpillar Euclea delphinii

Spiny oak slug

Spiny Oak Slug

stinging caterpillar Isa textula

stinging caterpillar Isa textula

white flannel moth caterpillar

white flannel moth caterpillar

white flannel moth caterpillar

white flannel moth caterpillar

tussock moth caterpillar

tussock moth caterpillar (that’s my hand, but no irritation ensued)

tussock moth caterpillar

tussock moth caterpillar

wooly bear caterpillar (not venomous)

wooly bear caterpillar (not venomous)

 

hickory horned devil (not venomous)

hickory horned devil (not venomous)

Hickory Horned Devil