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

Stinging Rose Caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Unknown Caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Stinging Rose Caterpillar - Parasa indetermina Stinging Rose Caterpillar Moth - Hodges#4699 - Parasa indetermina Parasa indetermina Stinging rose slug caterpillar - Parasa indetermina ? - Parasa indetermina Parasa chloris or Parasa indetermina???? - Parasa indetermina Parasa indetermina  - Parasa indetermina
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Classification
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
4699
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Parasa indetermina (Boisduval, 1832)
Size
Wingspan: 23-30 mm (1)
Identification
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)
Range
Found from New York to Florida, west to Missouri and Texas. (1)
Season
Adults are on wing from June to July. (1)
Caterpillars found in late summer.
Food
Hosts of the stinging rose caterpillar include apple, cottonwood, dogwood, hickory, oak, redbud, sycamore and rose bushes. (1)
Remarks
Caution, This is a stinging caterpillar. See this site for more information.
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group – images of live and pinned adults (3)
BOLD Systems - images of DNA supported specimens (4)
Wikipedia - brief description (1)