image of red and black caterpillar

Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar

Species: Hypercompe scribonia

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

About the sighting

This spiky, black and red caterpillar was eating a leaf.

Tell us where you saw it!

State Botanaical Gardens

Fun Fact

The shiny black bristles of this giant leopard moth caterpillar are designed to deter predators but they are harmless to humans.