Subject: Skull faced caterpillar
Location: Gamkaskloof ”Die Hell” Western cape, South Africa
January 25, 2013 3:03 am
On a recent camping trip, I found this little guy crawling along my serviette.
He was only about 20mm long and looked more like a caterpillar than a millipede / centipede.
Signature: Skull faced caterpillar
Our quick research turned up no visual matches, but we believe, based on the similarity of appearance to some North American Tussock Moth Caterpillars, that this is also a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Lymantriinae.
Thank you very much for your prompt reply.
Interesting – I will have to read further on what Tussock moths we get in SA.
Keep up the good work!
Hi again Kevin,
You might have some books on South African insects in your local library. If you find out what species this is, please write back to us with any updates.