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Subject: Stinging Slug Caterpillar
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
January 20, 2015 12:01 pm
Hi Mr Bugman,
Please could you clarify exactly what these demon spawn are… and more precisely how toxic/dangerous they are?
I was pruning a bush and was stung by 5-6 (out of around 100) of these devil bugs! An extremely painful sting that has left an itchy rash…
Any information is appreciated.
Thank you
Signature: Twice bitten, thrice shy.

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

Dear Twice bitten, thrice shy,
We just posted several images of identical Stinging Slug Caterpillars that also appeared in large numbers in Johannesburg, but we were only able to identify them to the family level of Limacodidae, but we did not search our own archives at that time.  Back in 2011, Karl identified an image of a Stinging Slug Caterpillar as
 Latoia vivida,  and he provided us with this link to Photo Camel and this link to Outdoor Photo.  The adult is pictured on African Moths.

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Subject: Green Spiky hair catepillar
Location: Johannesburg suburbs, South Africa
January 10, 2015 2:28 am
Hi There,
I have lived in Johannesburg, South Africa my whole life & I have never seen these caterpillar before. There seem to be loads of them in our garden – every where you look. It is currently the peak of summer here. I have attached a picture of one of them.
Could you please help me identify this & if it is dangerous in anyway to humans, pets or plants? And should they be something we need to try get rid of? If so, is there a way to do this & even a way to rather deter them than killing them – I dont like the idea of having to kill them.
Thanks,
Signature: Kind regards Katie Francis

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Katie,
We do not provide extermination advice.  We believe these are Stinging Slug Caterpillars in the family Limacodidae, and though we did not locate an exact match to your individuals, this image from iSpot is quite similar looking.  Careless handling or accidentally brushing up against a Stinging Slug Caterpillar may result in a painful reaction to the spines and the symptoms may last several days.

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

Stinging Slug Caterpillars

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Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Subject: is this stinging slug bug
Location: kukke subramanya, Karnataka, India
October 11, 2014 12:46 am
dear Mr. Bugman
me and my friends had been to trekking and we happened to come across this particular slug.
i was wondering if you could give me a clear idea as to what it exactly is and if the species has been identified .
we found this bug in Kumara parvata, kukke subramanya, karnataka , India
Signature: Aditya

Dear Aditya,
You are correct that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, but we are not having much luck with a species identification.  Your individual looks similar to, but not exactly like, this Stinging Slug Caterpillar from China on FlickR.
  It also looks similar to this Wattle Cup Caterpillar, Calcarifera ordinata , that is pictured on the Brisbane Insect Website.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Martinsburg, WV
September 27, 2014 4:48 pm
Caterpillar looking underneath but like a leaf or something on top? It was on my car window 9/27/14 in The a eastern panhandle of WV
Signature: Jen A.

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Dear Jen A.,
This is a Monkey Slug, the caterpillar of a Hag Moth,
Phobetron pithecium.  Monkey Slugs should be handled with caution, because according to BugGuide:  “Caution, This is a stinging caterpillar.”

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

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Subject: caterpillar?
Location: South Sudan, Jonglei State
September 23, 2014 11:58 pm
Hello,
I’ve found this bug in the Sudd of South Sudan (Jonglei State) which looks similar to a slug caterpillar.
But below (if I remember well) there were no legs, rather it was smooth like a snail.
Has this animal been identified and named yet?
Gregor Schmidt
Signature: ??

Slug Caterpillar

Slug Caterpillar

Dear Gregor,
We agree that this looks like a Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  We will attempt to provide you with a species name.

December 13, 2014
Hello Daniel,
thanks for your personal answer.
Will you still provide a scientific name?
If the name is a “slug” caterpillar, does that mean that they don’t have legs like reals slugs?
Gregor

Gracious Gregor,
You must have very slow internet access in South Sudan if our response took three months to reach you.  We have not had any luck with a species identification, but our family identification of Limacodidae stands.  Like other caterpillars, Slug Caterpillars have real legs and prolegs.  Though it is a different species, we have a ventral view of a North American Monkey Slug to demonstrate how small the legs on a Slug Moth Caterpillar appear.

Yes,
you are right that internet access is not easy to get in South Sudan, at least in the remote area where I live. I am a German Catholic priest and work in the countryside for most of the year. My location is Old Fangak in Fangak County (Jonglei State) which can be found with Google earth. The picture was taken about 10 km north-east of Old Fangak in August 2012. After that, I never saw the animal again. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph the belly to see its legs.
Currently, we are in the focus because of the civil war. I live among the rebels and the government may attack us during the dry season.
Thanks for your quick answer. My next internet access will be in January.
Gregor

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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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