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Stinging Caterpillar

Captured this interesting stinging rose caterpillar on my rose bush. I saw him a few years ago on my rose bush, so I was able to identify him again pretty easily.

The Stinging Rose Caterpillar (Parasa indetermina) is so beautiful, it looks like it was made from blown glass. The vivid yellows, reds, purples, and oranges are just breathtaking. However, don’t be tempted by its beauty into thinking that you can handle it safely. 

As its name implies, this guy packs quite the sting! A prick from one of its spiked horns results in an irritating skin rash and other complications serious enough to be called stinging rose caterpillar poisoning.

Moral of the story is to look but don’t touch.


  • Question of

    Amazing how something so beautiful can be so dangerous, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you think he will become a moth or butterfly?

    • Moth
    • Butterfly


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Written by Carol DM

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  1. I was misled by the colors, thinking it should have turned into one of the most beautiful colorful butterflies that could ever exist, but I ended up discovering this caterpillar will turn into a moth. One of the most beautiful blah blah, but a moth still. ?

  2. I had no idea we had those in the states. I have always thought the stinging ones were out of the country. He sure is pretty, and I pick moth! Great find there, and thanks for sharing. IT’s so COOL!!

  3. A number of caterpillars have hairs that do this, too. In fact, the biggest problem people have with tarantulas is that the hairs are very irritating. It is sort of like getting a tiny sliver in your skin that you can’t see, but you can definitely feel, only it is far worse.


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