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South African stinging caterpillar
I’m curious if anyone can identify this South African caterpillar. Found dozens of them happily munching Ligustrum ovalifolium – they’re a very good match to the golden-green leaves. They deliver a really painful sting. About an inch long, some a bit larger.

Hi Adrian,
While we have not identified the exact species, we can tell you that this is a Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.

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6 Responses to Stinging Slug Caterpillar from South Africa

  1. charmaine says:

    For about 2 weeks everybody that passes my Rose bush thought that they where stung by bees or something ! It burn very bad for more than a day ,then i discovered the whole bush was covered with this green cattepillars looking like green small mulberries i took one of and my fingers start burning very bad never seen this in johannesburg area

  2. Jaqi says:

    I found a few while tying my climbing rose and got stung never seen them before here in jhb east are they a pest and from what region in south africa do they originate

  3. jonathan says:

    I have identified this caterpillar feeding on legumes in Ghana during the raining season in 2016.

  4. vaughan says:

    Found one today, tried to pick it up, also stung me. Any idea of what they become? I took a really good photo, where do I upload it?

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