Monkey Slug Caterpillar

Phobetron pithecium

This photo was taken during the fall of 2010 in the White Rock National Forest. This is not an uncommon caterpillar; however, the shape and color provides excellent camouflage from predators. Some people believe that the hairs covering the caterpillar will sting. That isn't quite true. There might be a few circumstances that a person might develop a very slight reaction, but nothing serious.

1 Comment:

  1. Angela said...
    Is that just one monkey slug or a barrel full?

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