Subject: Ugandan Rainforest Caterpillars
Location: Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda
March 18, 2013 9:11 am
We work in the Budongo Forest Reserve in northwest Uganda (on the edge of the rift valley). These three chaps have all at some time in the past been responsible for some pretty nasty stings in the forest (the gummi-bear looking green chap in particular!), but they’re all so pretty we had to forgive them – do you have any idea what they might be? They’re all between 4-7cm long. Cheers!
Stinging Caterpillars can be quite unpleasant and some are even considered dangerous. The green gummi bear Caterpillar is a member of the Stinging Slug Caterpillar family Limacodidae in our opinion, but we will need to try to research the species.
We believe the other two caterpillars might be in the Tussock Moth subfamily Lymantriinae, many of which have utricating hairs that cause irritation when contact occurs. We will attempt to do additional research after posting a few more submissions.