Stinging Rose Caterpillar, Stinging Rose Slug Moth (Parasa indetermina)

Order: Lepidoptera (le-pid-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Limacodidae
Genus: Parasa
Species: indetermina


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Dallas, Georgia
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio

Members' Notes:


On Jan 24, 2007, DiOhio from Corning, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This moth is very similar to the Smaller Parasa slug moth.


On Aug 21, 2006, Magpye from NW Qtr, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:

Stinging rose caterpillars, also known as the rose slug caterpillars, are the bizarre larvae of handsome green and pale brown moths. Mature caterpillars are less than an inch long, and the caterpillars are known to feed on foliage of rose, dogwood, apple, cherry, bayberry, hickory, maple, poplar, and oak. They are said to be aposematically colored.

The black-tipped spines on the elongate body wall projections have poison glands at their bases. Venom enters the skin of humans or animals when the caterpillars are touched and the tips of the spines break off. The caterpillars are said to be capable of producing skin irritation similar to that produced by saddleback caterpillar, which is considered among the most severe urticating caterpillars in North America. Specialize... read more