Hey. Love the site. I took this picture in 2005 in the mountains around Chinique, Guatemala. What was it and was I wise not to touch it? Thanks,
We are quite confident saying this is a stinging Saturniid Caterpillar. We thought it resembled an Io Moth Caterpillar, so we researched members of the genus Automeris. We could not find a satisfactory match on Kirby Wolfe’s awesome website, until we got to Hyperchiria nausica. It looks pretty close. Leucanella hosmera looks even better, as does Leucanella saturata. We are most satisfied with Leucanella saturata or Leucanella hosmera.