Bugs in Costa Rica
Location: Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
October 6, 2010 5:40 am
Hi Bugman–love the site.
Here is a cool looking caterpillar we saw near Matapalo on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. We did not touch it.
Signature: Simply Bananas
Dear Simply Bananas,
This positively gorgeous caterpillar is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and it looks very similar to the Saddleback Caterpillar, Acharia stimulea, pictured on BugGuide. You were wise not to touch it. The Paul and Bill website indicates it might even be our North American species.