Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Identify this bug

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Ugly Bug
Ugly Bug  
What is this bug.  Northern Indiana, night time, crawled.  The attached image is on a golf cart tire.  Not sure if it is upside down or not!

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Hi, Brenda:

Well, hopefully the *golf cart* is not upside down, that would be bad.  LOL!

The insect is something called the "Saddleback Caterpillar," Acharia stimulea .  Here's more:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/507

NOTE:  This caterpillar is studded with venomous spines!  Do NOT touch these caterpillars or you will get stung (painfully, too).

I am a little envious.  I have never seen one of these alive "in the wild."

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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