Saddleback Caterpillar: Watch Out for the Sting!

Beware of the stinging Saddleback Caterpillar!

Just last week, our plant clinic volunteers found one at the Bartlett.  Master gardener Gail Reynolds of the UConn Extension Center in Haddam was recently interviewed by the local news about this cute but dangerous caterpillar. 

To learn more about the Caterpillar and read the full story click here or click the image below. 

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Definition of the Saddleback Caterpillar:

The saddleback caterpillar measures about an inch long, and has poisonous spines on four large projections (tubercles) and many smaller ones projecting from the sides of its body. The “saddle” consists of an oval purplish-brown spot in the middle of a green patch on the back. 

The saddleback caterpillar is a general feeder and is generally found on many hosts including corn foliage, apple, pear, cherry, rose, pawpaw, basswood, chestnut, oak, plum and other trees in late summer.