Lappet Moth Caterpillar from Mexico

Subject: caterpillar
Location: Tulum, Yucatan, Jungle
March 17, 2014 7:18 am
We have lots of these in Tulum, Yucatan right now. Can you tell me what is is and what it turns into please.
Signature: tulum


Dear tulum,
The best we can do at this time is to eliminate this as a Butterfly Caterpillar.  It is the caterpillar of a Moth.

thank you very much for your response!

Karl Identifies a Lappet Moth Caterpillar
Hi Daniel and tulum:
It looks like the caterpillar of a Lappet moth in the genus Euglyphis (Lasiocampidae Macromphaliinae).  There are several potential species but the best match I was able to find was E. maria, which ranges from Mexico to Panama. The Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) has several images from Costa Rica, including this one. The long urticating hairs cause a skin rash if contacted. Regards. Karl

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