saddleback caterpillar


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saddleback caterpillar

n.
The brown and green larva of a moth (Sibine stimulea) of the eastern United States, having a brown saddle-shaped mark on its back and stinging spines that are mildly poisonous.
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The saddleback caterpillar shown below looks like a cuddly little bear in a sweater.
The small saddleback caterpillar moth goes almost unnoticed, because it flies at night, and its dull brown wings blend into tree bark, where the female lays her eggs.
In spring, the moth pushes aside a lid that was built in to the cocoon and crawls out to start a new batch of saddleback caterpillars.