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Subject: Belizean coffee caterpillar
Location: Toledo District, Belize
August 14, 2014 7:08 pm
This was climbing on a coffee bush in coastal southern Belize. What is it and what does it turn into? It was only about an inch long.
Signature: Tanya

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Tanya,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  Many species in this family will deliver a very painful sting that sometimes also produces an allergic reaction if they are carelessly handled or accidentally brushed against.  We have not been successful in locating a matching image, so the best we can do at this time is to provide the family
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Dear Daniel,
Many thanks for this very speedy response.  We have seen quite a number of different stinging caterpillars here over the years, but never this one.  Not only can one be stung by spiny caterpillars, but also by brushing against the cocoons which also have stinging hairs.  No one has had an allergic reaction (thank goodness), but it’s good to be aware that it can happen.
Sincerely,
Tanya

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Subject:  I’m pretty sure it’s in the stinging slug caterpillar family
Location:  Malaysian Borneo
February 6, 2014
Spotted Jan 2014 in Malaysian Borneo.  I’m pretty sure it’s in the stinging slug caterpillar family but would love to know more
Namaste,
Jennifer

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Hi Jennifer,
We agree that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  It is different from the individuals in our archives from Malaysia, and our web search did not turn up any visual matches.  Perhaps we will be able to determine the species in the future.

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Subject: what’s that bug?
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
December 28, 2013 1:21 pm
Just saw this thing in my yard, it didn’t move, but it seems to be eating that leaf. Do you know what it is?
Signature: ukimalefu

Monkey Slug from Venezuela

Monkey Slug from Venezuela

Dear ukimalefu,
Your caterpillar bears such a strong resemblance to the Monkey Slug, the caterpillar of the Hag Moth,
Phobetron pithecium, that we believe it must be a close relative in the same genus, or perhaps even the same species.  See BugGuide for a matching photo, and see BugGuide‘s information page for things that might apply to a South American relative, including the fact that Monkey Slugs are stinging caterpillars and they should be handled with extreme caution.  FlickR has a photo from Venezuela that is identified as Phobetron hipparchia.

Yes, it definitely looks like the monkey slug. Thanks!

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Subject: ? Stinging slug caterpillar
Location: malaysia
December 8, 2013 1:29 am
Dear Bugman
Is this a stinging slug caterpillar. My son was bitten on it, while cycling past a bush. It produced a stinging sensation and urticaria on his arm. We live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Signature: Xav and Con

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Xav and Con,
We agree with your identification that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  We located a matching photo on FlickR, but it is only identified to the family level.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with a species identification.

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Subject: flat green bug
Location: Alstead, NH
October 7, 2013 8:38 am
Hi, this was crawling across the road, very very slowly, in a heavily wooded setting with a lot of hemlock trees, and mixed oak forest type, in Alstead, NH on October 6, 2013. The Black & White photo was altered to highlight the appendages. Those were not feet as far as we could tell. Thanks!
Signature: Curious in Alstead

Crowned Slug

Crowned Slug

Dear Curious in Alstead,
This caterpillar is known as a Crowned Slug,
Isa textula.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are often found on oak, but also eat leaves of many other trees including cherry, maple, basswood, elm and beech.”  This is a stinging caterpillar and it should be handled with caution.

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Subject: Caterpillar or ????
Location: New Marshfield, ohio
October 1, 2013 10:10 pm
Hello bug man!! My boyfriend and I were out deer hunting recently and he can across a unique critter that you may enjoy. Neither of us have ever seen anything like it and was wondering what you may be able to find out about it for us and yourself. It has yellow spine like things on it with what looks like red on the back and a green belly and legs. Any ideas???
Signature: Alexandra

Spiny Oak Slug

Spiny Oak Slug

Hi Alexandra,
This is indeed a caterpillar, and it is commonly called the Spiny Oak Slug.  The scientific name is
Euclea delphinii and you should handle with caution as this is a stinging caterpillar.  See BugGuide for additional information.

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