Subject: Never seen this bug before
Location: Limpopo, hoedspruit (lowveld)
January 31, 2014 9:13 am
Hi, I saw this caterpillar in our garden and wonder if you could help to ID it.
Area: South Africa, Lowveld
near Hoedspruit, Limpopo
Season: summer 31 January 2014
Size: about 1.5 cm in length and 1 cm wide
I live in the Balule nature reserve thus it’s a wilderness area
This is not a Caterpillar, but we do believe it is a larval insect. In our opinion, this is most likely a Beetle Grub, though we would not rule out that it might be a Sawfly Larva. While your individual looks very different from the larvae in the links we provided, we wanted to show you some examples of possibly classifications. Knowing the plant this larva was feeding upon might help with the identification.