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Subject: strange sea urchin looking creature
Location: lawrencevilla Ga
September 14, 2014 8:38 pm
Hello. I recently found this strange looking creature which looks like something out n of this world! It looks like a sea urchin looking creature in my back yard . It was just sitting on my trashcan. It is a bright green color and about the size of a dime. It is super sticky and would not respond to my touch or a few drops of water being dropped on it. I have been monitoring it all day and it has not moved a bit. Please take a look at the photos.
Signature: Victor S.

Beutenmueller's Slug Moth Caterpillar

Beutenmueller’s Slug Moth Caterpillar

Dear Victor,
This amazing looking caterpillar is a Beutenmueller’s Slug Moth Caterpillar,
Isochaetes beutenmuelleri, which we quickly identified on BugGuide thanks to an awesome series of images.  BugGuide also indicates another appropriate common name “Spun Glass Slug Moth.”  Many members of the family of Slug Moth Caterpillars are capable of stinging.

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Subject: What’s this leaf like bug?
Location: Steubenville, ohio
September 2, 2014 6:58 pm
I live in eastern Ohio and found this on a friends car. It has a worm like belly but looks like a fluffy leaf.. Never seen anything like this before!
Signature: Geno

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Hi Geno,
This is a Monkey Slug, the caterpillar of a Hag Moth.  Handle with care.  Monkey Slugs can give a nasty sting.

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Subject: Can you name this bug?
Location: Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Google maps: 19.522574, -96.927901
August 30, 2014 5:09 pm
Hello, I found this bug. It has at least one week living at the same leaf. Here is the raining season. It does not move even when is raining. However it’s alive because when I was taking some photographs it moved a bit. Could you help me to identify this bug?
Signature: J. A. K.

Cochineal, possibly

Parasitized Slug Caterpillar

Dear J.A.K.,
This appears to be a Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and it has fallen victim to parasitic wasps, most likely in the family Braconidae.  This image from BugGuide depicts a Slug Caterpillar infested with Braconids.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your help. It’s a shame I can’t help this small caterpillar, c’est la vie!.
This “bug world” is amazing, I hope I can learn more.
Cheers,
J Ko.

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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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