The caterpillar was found in grass next to our house. It’s about 2-3 inches long. It has black spiked fur all over it and the legs look orange. There is also yellow and white looking stripes on top and the bottom sides of the caterpillar. We live in Stewartsville, Missouri.
Your caterpillar will turn into a common buckeye butterfly.
This insect is found over most of North America. The adults overwinter in the south, then in late spring the first brood migrates north for the summer.
These caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants including plantains, relatives to snapdragons, Linaria, and in the acanthus family. Adults feed on nectar of many flowers.
That is a neat caterpillar to find.
The spines are not known to cause any skin rashes or problems.