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Creepy spiny caterpillar

Creepy spiny caterpillar
Wilmington , Clinton County, Ohio, USA
Size: 3/8-1/2 inch

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Moved
Moved from Beetles.

Looks like a Tortoise Beetle
Looks like a Tortoise Beetle larva. The black stuff is a "fecal shield." In other words, an anti-predator poop umbrella.

Here's an example of a Thistle Tortoise Beetle larva, but I'm not sure exactly which species you have. If you know what the plant is that you found it on, that's a good clue. Someone else here may be able to tell you just by looking at your pictures though. https://bugguide.net/node/view/1238110

 
The plant
I added a photograph if the plant these larvae were found on.
I’m not certain it’s Broadleaf Dock, the leaves are larger.

 
Followup required
I will go back to identify the plant it was crawling on.
I found it in an arboretum that was originally established in the late 1800s or early 1900s.
The arboretum has a high level of biodiversity.

 
Thanks
Well now, I have learned something new today already!
If I remember correctly, these larvae were found on Curly Dock, if that helps.

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