What is this

Asked July 17, 2017, 10:33 PM EDT

What kind of caterpillar is this. My cousin found this in her back yard.

St. Mary's County Maryland

1 Response

This is the caterpillar of the Hag Moth (Phobetron pithecium).
They occur in shrubby fields, woodlands and forests from Maine to Florida.
We'd suggest she not handle it as some are sensitive to the hairs (setae).