Other Common Names
Monkey Slug (caterpillar)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Orig. Comb: Phalaena pithecium J.E. Smith 1797
Caterpillar is most frequently seen. Bizarre, brown, hairy creature that resembles some sort of aquatic creature more than a caterpillar. Three pairs of long arms and three pairs of short arms, which are "deciduous" - often one or more is missing.
Adult (imago) is brown with irregular silver highlights. Tufts (pencils) of white hair-like scales on forelegs are notable.
Larvae feed on broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including oaks, cherries.
, This is a stinging caterpillar. See this site
for more information.
Covell, p. 410, plate 56 #7 (male), #10 (female) (1)
Mitchell, p. 145--good illustrations of caterpillar and adult (3)