What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Brazilian Caterpillar
Hi there
Just came back from Salvador in Brazil, where I came across this caterpillar (along with about 30 of its friends) on one of the plants. Someone told me there it was known popularly as largata de fogo, but no-one could tell me if it turned into a butterfly or a moth. It was about 5″ long and if you happen to brush against one of its spiny hairs, you really know about it! Have you come across this one before?
Yours
MARC FORDE

Hi Marc,
We don’t recognize your beautiful stinging Caterpillar. We will post it and perhaps someone will identify it.

Update:  August 5, 2012
While trying to clean up some old unidentified postings, we found this image which we believe is one of the stinging caterpillars in the genus
Automeris.  We will continue to research this.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Brazil

One Response to Stinging Brazilian Caterpillar

  1. Alex Reyes says:

    I saw that cattlerpillar on a TV show called “Natures deadliest” episode “Brazil”. They called it an assassin bug and said it kills you in 15 hours if you don’t make it to the hospital. It makes you bleed from every orifice in your body to death. Bleed out the eyes, ears, butt, etc….

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