Subject: Green Spiky hair catepillar
Location: Johannesburg suburbs, South Africa
January 10, 2015 2:28 am
I have lived in Johannesburg, South Africa my whole life & I have never seen these caterpillar before. There seem to be loads of them in our garden – every where you look. It is currently the peak of summer here. I have attached a picture of one of them.
Could you please help me identify this & if it is dangerous in anyway to humans, pets or plants? And should they be something we need to try get rid of? If so, is there a way to do this & even a way to rather deter them than killing them – I dont like the idea of having to kill them.
Signature: Kind regards Katie Francis
We do not provide extermination advice. We believe these are Stinging Slug Caterpillars in the family Limacodidae, and though we did not locate an exact match to your individuals, this image from iSpot is quite similar looking. Careless handling or accidentally brushing up against a Stinging Slug Caterpillar may result in a painful reaction to the spines and the symptoms may last several days.