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Species Parasa indetermina - Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#4699

Parasa indetermina slug caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Stinging rose caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Parasa chloris - Smaller Parasa - Parasa indetermina Stinging Rose Caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth - Parasa indetermina - male Parasa - Parasa indetermina Green moth with brown trim - Parasa indetermina
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Zygaenoidea (Flannel, Slug Caterpillar, Leaf Skeletonizer Moths and kin)
Family Limacodidae (Slug Caterpillar Moths)
Genus Parasa
Species indetermina (Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#4699)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Parasa indetermina (Boisduval, 1832)
Wingspan: 23-30 mm (1)
Adult: Larger than Parasa chloris, and outer edge of green patch is more rounded. Large brown patch in terminal area of FW is characteristic.(2)
Larva: The full-grown caterpillar is 3/4 to 7/8 inch long; basic color is yellow. The body bears pairs of long, horn-like, bristly spines and clumps of smaller spines which are characteristic of several of the slug caterpillars. A useful identifying characteristic is the broad purplish band down the midline of the back. Within the band are narrow whitish longitudinal lines, which may be interrupted by constrictions in the band. Reddish, white, and purple lines occur along the sides. (4)
Found from New York to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas. (1)
Adults are on wing from June to July. (1)
Caterpillars found in late summer.
Hosts of the stinging rose caterpillar include apple, cottonwood, dogwood, hickory, oak, redbud, sycamore and rose bushes. (1)

Dyar recorded on "wild cherry, oak, hickory, and bayberry" (3)
Caution, This is a stinging caterpillar. See this site for more information.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (4)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (5)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)
Works Cited
2.Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Moths
Charles V. Covell. 1984. Houghton Mifflin Company.
3.The Life-Histories of the New York Slug Caterpillars
Harrison G. Dyar. 1895. Journal of the New York Entomological Society.
4.North American Moth Photographers Group
5.BOLD: The Barcode of Life Data Systems