Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar - Lochmaeus manteo
Physically very similar to Lochmaeus bilineata, but I've identified this as Lochmaeus manteo because of the timing - from what I understand, bilineata adults aren't on wing past August in the north.
Habitat: Oak saplings in a meadow
These caterpillars can spray formic acid, which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin. So, obviously, I did not handle these.
''Lochmaeus manteo'', the variable oakleaf caterpillar moth, is a moth of the family Notodontidae. It is found in eastern North America.
The wingspan is 37–50 mm. Adults are on wing from April to October.
The larvae feed on various deciduous trees, especially ''Quercus'' species. The larva can spray formic acid which is reported to cause blisters or severely irritate human skin.