Subject: what’s that bug?
Location: Caracas, Venezuela
December 28, 2013 1:21 pm
Just saw this thing in my yard, it didn’t move, but it seems to be eating that leaf. Do you know what it is?
Your caterpillar bears such a strong resemblance to the Monkey Slug, the caterpillar of the Hag Moth, Phobetron pithecium, that we believe it must be a close relative in the same genus, or perhaps even the same species. See BugGuide for a matching photo, and see BugGuide‘s information page for things that might apply to a South American relative, including the fact that Monkey Slugs are stinging caterpillars and they should be handled with extreme caution. FlickR has a photo from Venezuela that is identified as Phobetron hipparchia.
Yes, it definitely looks like the monkey slug. Thanks!