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Hag Moth Caterpillar
Phobetron pithecium

This guy was on my mailbox. I was like, uuuuuuhh hi???? What ARE you? Well, thankfully not that long afterwards a friend of mine Andrew posted on Instagram or FB a photo of this very same caterpillar with it’s name: Hag Moth. Poor caterpillar. (thanks, Andrew!)

Honestly, this is one of the weirdest things I’ve come across so far.

Alternate Names: Monkey Slug (in the larvae form)
Size: 1.5 - 2.5 cm long
Family: Limacodidae 
Habitat: The larvae typically lives on the underside of leaves, and feeds on various deciduous trees and shrubs. A common site in orchards.
Identification: Hairy projections (nine pairs) from the body, in a peach or buff color. Sometimes it's missing one or some of these "arms" as they easily come off in self defense.
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