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Subject: Spiny larva
Location: Thailand, Chiang Mai
March 2, 2015 5:36 am
Found that larva eating a leave in my garden.
No good idea to touch it – seems to have a light poison (acetic acid or so) in his spines.
Any idea what the adult bug would be?
Signature: Regards from the sunny Thailand

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

We believe this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.

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Subject: caterpillar ID
Location: Zambia
February 10, 2015 1:02 pm
Please identify this caterpillar or it may be a slug caterpillar or some kind of saddleback.
Just after rainy season close to Zambezi river at a lodge near Livingstone, Victoria Falls.
Thank you
Signature: Marc

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Marc,
We agree that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and we will attempt to make a species identification.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you for your prompt response. I really appreciate it. The little horns flare when the caterpillar is disturbed. It reminds me of the nudibrancs you see under the water if you scuba dive… brilliant.
Kind regards

And is not the common name of a nudibranc a Sea Slug?

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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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