saddleback caterpillar

noun

Definition of saddleback caterpillar

: a caterpillar that is the larva of a cup moth (Sibine stimulea), has urticating hairs and usually a green and brown saddle-shaped mark on the back, and feeds on cherry and oak in the southeastern U.S.

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“Saddleback caterpillar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saddleback%20caterpillar. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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