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Subject: Yellow caterpillar
Location: Johannesburg south africa
January 13, 2016 1:03 pm
I stood on this and am in considerable discomfort. I’m a bit worried that they are poisonous.
Signature: James

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear James,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and it matches this image on iSpot that is only identified to the family level.  We have several images of this Stinging Slug Caterpillar in our archives and we believe it is
Latoia vivida.  According to this Taylor Francis Online article:  “Larvae of the moth Latoia vivida (family Limacodidae) have spiny tubercles which cause sharp pain and subsequent urticaria upon contact with human skin.  This study describes the sting’s clinical consequences and evaluates the effect of various pharmacological modifiers on the clinical response.”  We suggest that you refer to that article and consult a physician if your symptoms persist.

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Subject: Stinging Slug Caterpillar
Location: Limpopo
January 5, 2016 4:35 am
Dear Bugman.
Thanking you in advance for your time herein.
We went away to Rust De Winter the weekend of 2 Jan 2016 and took note of an interesting caterpillar.
We have tried doing research on this caterpillar, so that we can learn more about it, but we can`t seem to find much info of this caterpillar.
Would you be able to assist?
Regards, Vicky
Signature: Doesn`t matter

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Vicky,
We wish you had been able to provide higher resolution files of your lovely images as they are quite degraded when enlarged.  These are Stinging Slug Caterpillars in the family Limacodidae.  We did locate a similar looking image on iSpot, but it is only identified to the family level.

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

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Subject: weird bug
Location: Marechal Cândido Rondon, Paraná state, Brazil
January 2, 2016 9:21 am
Hi there,
I live in Southern Brazil and I found a very strange bug on a cherry tree, during the summer (about 90F), in the morning. I am very curious because I have never seen something like it. It moves slowly (well, at least after I kicked him) and it is very hairy. Here are some pictures.
Thank you!
Signature: Sincerly

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

This looks similar enough to a North American Monkey Slug that we believe your individual is also a member of the genus Phobetron.  When we previously posted a similar image from Brazil, we learned that a common local name is:  “‘Lagarta-Aranha’ something like ‘Spider Catterpillar’ in English.”

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Fantastic! I was really puzzled about that bug!
Thank you very much!
Regards,
Paulo

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Subject: My Grandfather infestation
Location: Guatemala, Villa Nueva
October 11, 2015 4:07 pm
Hi ,
I am currently staying in Guatemala while i was trimming roses something fell on me. At first glance i thought it was a spore but once I felt pain and a slight burning sensation I realized I was wrong. I found so many of these critters varying in sizes and they are always in groups . I just want to know if they are safe for my grandfather’s garden.
Signature: Crystal

Saddleback Caterpillars

Saddleback Caterpillars

Dear Crystal,
These are either Saddleback Caterpillars,
Acharia stimulea, which according to BugGuide ranges from “Massachusetts south to Florida and west to eastern Missouri and Texas,” or another member of the genus that ranges further South.  As you noted, they are capable of stinging, and according to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars are capable of inflicting lasting and painful stings with their spines,” however, the sting is not considered dangerous.  We suspect your grandfather is already aware of these Saddleback Caterpillars and their stinging potential.

Saddleback Caterpillars

Saddleback Caterpillars

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Subject: Stung by a caterpillar
Location: Taiwan, east coast
October 7, 2015 6:40 pm
I found this caterpillar on my head this morning when I got stung by it! It felt like a bee sting – not agony, but fairly sore. Tried looking elsewhere online for ID but to no avail.
I hope you can identify it for me!
Thanks
Signature: Dave

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Dave,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar or Cup Moth Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae and we found an excellent series of images from China on FlickR including this close match identified as being in the genus
Phlossa.

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Subject: Need help identifying what bit me
Location: Northeast
September 26, 2015 5:13 pm
Hello Bugman. I was gardening and was bit by the centipede (?) viewed in the attached photo. It was on the underside of a Manhattan Euonymus and attached to the leaf by what appears to be a bright green vest. This happened in East Setauket, New York (located in Suffolk County on Long Island).
I had extreme pain and a burning sensation that traveled up my arm for about six inches.
Can you identify what this is? Thank you for any guidance you can offer.
Signature: Krista

Saddleback Caterpillar

Saddleback Caterpillar

Dear Krista,
You were not bitten, but rather stung by this Saddleback Caterpillar,
Acharia stimulea, a species found in much of eastern North America.  According to BugGuide:  “Caterpillars are capable of inflicting lasting and painful stings with their spines.”

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