cause of my severe irritation !! IT REALLY HURT !! (i)

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The saddleback caterpillar, Sibine stimulea, is the larva of a species of moth native to eastern North America.

It is also known as the "packsaddle".

These caterpillars have a pair of fleshy "horns" at either end, and these, like much of the body, bear urticating hairs that secrete an irritating venom. Stings can be very painful. They can cause swelling, nausea, and leave a rash that can last for days


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Comments (10)

Chris10 © on September 13, 2009

This is also a perfect beauty.

Cheers, Christien.

~jean~ on September 19, 2009

He lived after he stung me. I think he's pretty too. Thanks, Christien.

joyfotos on October 1, 2009

How beautiful! All these years I never knew they looked like that. Wonderful what the camera lens allows us to see!

~jean~ on October 9, 2009

Joy, he was on the leaf when he stung me, stayed on the leaf while I got my Benedryl cream on and then went back out to photograph him in the dim light at the end of a cloudy day. To my amazement, he was still on the leaf the next morning when the sun came out. I ran back to the house for my camera (I know, never without...) and was gone upon my return. He was there for about 14 hours then suddenly disappeared while I went for my camera in 2 minutes.

joyfotos on October 10, 2009

In this case don't think you needed the sun as this is another great shot.

Carolyn on April 19, 2012

What is that? And how big? Just in case I meet one someday. It's an amazing picture, sorry he wasn't kind to you.

Carolyn on April 19, 2012

OOPS, I just read the comments on your previous picture so now I know what it is. Wonder if we have them here in Callifornia.

~jean~ on April 19, 2012

Carolyn, The saddleback caterpillar, Sibine stimulea, is the larva of a species of moth native to eastern North America. You will have to come to the East to get stung. The worm is about 1 1/2 inches long and is camouflaged on a leaf. When one brushes passed a leaf, one can get a startling rush of pain. Sometimes, one never even sees the caterpillar.

You are safe there in California! :o)


Carolyn on April 20, 2012

Hi Jean, Thanks for the info, so pleased to know I won't be meeting him in my back yard.

Florentine Vermeiren on February 9, 2013

Sorry to hear he hurt you Jean, but what a beautiful creature! It looks like a cuddly toy :-)

Great photo. L 2

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  • Uploaded on September 12, 2009
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    by ~jean~
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2009/09/11 18:47:20
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 6.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO320
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash