Unknown caterpillar from Peru
May 22, 2010
I found this caterpillar on a walk through the Peruvian Amazon. It was about 2.5-3 inches long. I tapped the branch it was on to try and collect it, but some of the hairs started coming off so I decided to just take a picture.
Quincemil, Peru 640-800m in SE Peru
In North America, there is a group of caterpillars in the Flannel Moth family Megalopygidae (which is represented on BugGuide) that are commonly called Asps. Asps, which are also known as Puss Caterpillars, are stinging caterpillars. We suspect your specimen is closely related to the Southern Flannel Moth, Megalopyge opercularis which is profiled on BugGuide.