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Subject: What is this bug?
Location: Ashboro, North Carolina
July 12, 2017 7:25 am
We saw this bug on July 11th at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Ashboro, North Carolina. My 22 year old daughter took a video and showed it to an employee who said she had never seen anything like it and that it moved like a caterpillar
Signature: LeeAnne

Monkey Slug

Dear LeeAnne,
Though it does not look like other caterpillars, this Monkey Slug really is a caterpillar.  Handle with caution though, the Monkey Slug is capable of stinging.

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Subject: Catapiller Destroyed Palm and stings too
Location: Albion, Guyana, South America
June 28, 2017 11:19 am
This little guy and a few of his friends ate up my small palm tree. Didn’t see them under the leaf and hit them with my arm. Arm swelled up and burned.
I just wondering what it is?
Signature: Troy Kozza

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Troy,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, but we are not certain of the species.  It looks very similar to this image from Master File, but it is only identified to the family level.  Perhaps Cesar Crash who runs Insetologia will recognize it.

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Subject: Can you identify what type of organism this is?
Location: Philippines, cagayan de oro
April 15, 2017 7:52 pm
I just want to know what type of organism this is. I accidentally touch it and it makes me itch.
Signature: N/A

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear N/A,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  It look similar to this individual posted to Jungle Dragon

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Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Singapore
February 5, 2017 2:07 am
Hi…my sister got bitten by a bright green caterpillar with less than three dark green stripes and has puffy spikes with four orange dots or something
Signature: any way

could you please help me, her hand is “burning” and she claims it’s really painful

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear any way,
This is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae, and they do not bite.  The puffy spikes are stinging spines.  We have heard reports that the stings from many members of the family are quite painful.  We do not dispense medical advice.  If you sister is in pain, she should visit the doctor.

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Subject: Stinging caterpillar
Location: GAUTENG SPUTH AFRICA
January 8, 2017 1:21 am
Hi here is the photo of the caterpillar. Stinging slug?
Signature: Vaughan

Stinging Slug Caterpillar

Dear Vaughan,
You are correct that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar in the family Limacodidae.  This individual on iSpot looks very similar, but alas, it is only identified to the family level.  This individual on iSpot is not identified either.  We then located a posting on iSpot that looks very similar that is identified as
Stroter intermissa, but we have not been able to verify that elsewhere on the internet.

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Subject: Help
Location: Yucatan Peninsula
December 18, 2016 7:32 am
Bugman,
A friend of mine sent this pict to me. She is vacationing on the Yucatan peninsula. Can you identify this?
Signature: John

Monkey Slug

Monkey Slug

Dear John,
This is either a North American Stinging Slug Caterpillar commonly called a Monkey Slug,
Phobetron pithecium, or a close relative in the same genus.  The adult moth is known as a Hag Moth.

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