|Yes, it is a caterpillar! - Georgia Pozycinski|
"Joe found a "new" bug stuck on the side of our dog water bucket this morning. He was stuck to the side, kind of like a slug. Any idea what he is? Some kind of caterpillar?"
|Underside - Georgia Pozycinski|
"If you'd like to see one of the most bizarre, colorful, jaw-dropping, head shaking menageries on earth, Google 'slug caterpillars' images. Some toy company should really make a line of collectibles."It is hard to imagine this is a caterpillar, but this Youtube video will help you believe when you see it move. Unlike most caterpillars with tiny hook like feet, slug caterpillars glide along on tiny suckers on their undersides. They remind me of aerodynamic tanks sliding along with no exposed surfaces.
Measuring just over half an inch long, this caterpillar defines the term "low profile". It feeds on a wide variety of plants including oak, poplar, willow, cherry, chestnut, hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana), and willow. There may be 2 generations and they overwinter as pupae.
|Finger lickin' badi - Chris Barnhart|
Missouri is at the far western edge of P. badia's range. Like most insects, there is very little further information on this relatively common creature, adding even more mystery. Ain't nature wonderful?