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packsaddle worm n

Also packsaddle(r)[See quot c1960]esp sAppalachiansSee Map

=saddleback caterpillar.

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  • 1884 Smith Bill Arp’s Scrap Book 72 GA, I wonder if Harris ever saw a pack saddle. Well, its as putty as a rainbow, just like most all of the devil’s contrivances, and when you crowd one of em on a fodderblade you’d think that forty yaller jackets had stung you all in a bunch.
  • 1925 Dargan Highland Annals 208 cwNC, You said I must git another big mess ’fore the frost struck ’em heavy, an’ that field was plum full o’ pack-saddlers. One stung me ever’ time I laid my hand on a roas’in’ year. Hit hurts worse’n a hornet fer a minute, an’ it’s harder on a body’s temper than a hornet is.
  • 1953 PADS 19.12 sAppalachians, Pack saddler. . . A beautiful green worm with markings like a saddle on its back. The worm stings. It is found on fodder.
  • c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY, Pack-saddle worm—The larva of an insect often found on corn blades with a very violent sting; the worm itself is quite pretty, actually suggesting the form of an old-fashioned pack-saddle.
  • 1965–70 DARE
    Qu. R21, . . Other kinds of stinging insects
    Inf NC35, Packsaddle—fuzzy, looks like woolly worm with horns; NC54, Packsaddle—looks like a saddle and stays on corn; light green; TN22, Packsaddle—lives on corn;
    Qu. R27, . . Kinds of caterpillars or similar worms
    Infs AL32, KY28, Packsaddle—stinging worm; GA77, Packsaddle—brown, short, has black square on back; KY40, Packsaddle—found on corn blades, has poisonous spines [FW: Inf used in conv]; TN6, Packsaddle—has a stinger; VA2, Packsaddle; VA7, Packsaddle—long, green, with stingers in their backs, corn pests;
    Qu. R30
    Inf VA3, Packsaddle—wormlike; fuzzy, stings, eats corn [FW: It stings if you brush against its spines when picking corn.]
  • 1982 Slone How We Talked 44 eKY (as of c1950), “Pack saddler”—a worm that was found on the blades of corn. We were always afraid of them when we were pulling the fodder. It stung by projecting spines from its back. It had a ring of these hair-like spines along its back that resembled a saddle.
packsaddle worm (Qq. R21, R27, R30)