Our kids LOVE to play outdoors. They create and imagine. They capture creatures too. We have a release rule here, you know. Of course they were delighted to find this cute & colorful little guy. He was picked up and caged to show as a trophy to mom. “W-A-I-T, don’t touch it again!” says I to them. We describe him in the search bar and are pleased to identify him quickly:
A Stinging Slug Caterpillar with Warning Colouration
The caterpillars have stinging hairs all over their body, especially on the ‘horns’ that poke out at either end. These hairs can inject a venom from poison sacs carried at their base, and the very painful sting can cause humans problems for days. It often lurks in the shade under leaves, and its striking pattern can make it irresistible for children.
Ya don’t say! They were right about the irresistible part. Thankfully, there were no stings and now they believe me when I tell them to put their shoes on before going outside!