Peruvian amazon stinging slug caterpillar?
Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 10:23 PM
I saw this bug in late July, 2008 in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. I’d be interested to know what you think.
Puerto Maldonado, Peru
What we think is that you are correct. This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae. We also think it is a gorgeous specimen and that it resembles the Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea, from North America, and we believe it may be in the same genus. We will try to do additional research at a later date.
Update: August 5, 2012
In trying to clean up some unidentified postings from the past, we found a matching photo of this caterpillar on FlickR where it is identified as Lagarta Acharia (fam. Limacodidae). We found another photo on FlickR with the genus identified as Acharia. We now believe Lagarta means caterpillar in Portuguese.