Insect and Bug ID forum: Buck moth caterpillar?

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 4, 2015 4:16 PM CST
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Or something else?
Found on the trunk of an oak, there was only one....

I did touch it, trying to get it to crawl on my hand... it was not interested... no sting either.


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Jun 4, 2015 6:16 PM CST
It does look like Hemileuca maia, the Buck Moth. They vary of course, but I found a photo which is much the same stage as yours. It seems you should have been stung.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/429616/bgimage

http://bugguide.net/node/view/1594/bgpage
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jun 5, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Thanks for the response... Even if it was not an interesting alternative...
Those spines are certainly noteworthy, reckon the sting woulda been something worth writing home about...

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