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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Port Elizabeth EC
Date: 11/18/2017
Time: 01:03 AM EDT
I love thee beautiful caterpillars and move any I find onto the day Lillie’s where they thrive. What are they?
How you want your letter signed:  Claire El-Jabi

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Claire,
Though most individuals have orange hair, we have found several examples on the internet of white haired Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillars from South Africa.  There are images of white haired individuals on FireFly Africa as well as on iSpot Nature.

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

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Subject:  stinging caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Malaysia, Kuala-Lumpur
Date: 10/15/2017
Time: 05:56 AM EDT
Hi, recently I was in Kuala-Lumpur and had a trip to forests. Occasionally I grabbed a tree on my path, but on other side of the tree there was a bunch of hairy caterpillars. They stinged my hand with their small pikes. And now fingers of my hand swallowed and itching. Do you know is that specie dangerous?
How you want your letter signed:  Dorzhi

Possibly Lappet Moth Caterpillars

Dear Dorzhi,
These sure look like Lappet Moth Caterpillars in the family Lasiocampidae to us.  According to the University of Auburn agriculture page:  “Larvae of some groups within the family are reported to cause irritation when handled, apparently from contact with urticating setae.”

Skin irritation from Caterpillar contact

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa
Date: 10/09/2017
Time: 11:55 AM EDT
We saw this nice caterpillar on the rocks of Cape Point in South Africa. What is the name ?
How you want your letter signed:  José Wyseur

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear José,
As we were formatting your image, we realized you named it “Donsvlinderrups” and a quick word search turned up a Wikipedia posting that indicates the name refers to the Erebid genus
Euproctis, and though the pictured caterpillar looks similar, we believe your caterpillar is a Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar, Eutricha capensis, that we identified on iSpot.

Hello Daniel,
Many thanks for your help !
Kind regards,
José Wyseur

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Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Norwood, Johannesburg,
Date: 10/06/2017
Time: 04:18 PM EDT
Hi
My son found this in the garden .
Is it poisonous ?
Can it do damage to my kids, garden house , etc?
Should  I look for more. Or leave it alone .
It has since roamed back into the garden.
I have small boys , 4 years old. Very curious and touchy. A bit scared .
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks in advance for your help.

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

This looks like a Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar to us.  We have not found any information indicating it poses a danger.

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Subject: What’s this caterpillar?
Location: Michigan
July 14, 2017 7:15 pm
My husband found this on the garage floor today (July 14). He picked it up with a paper towel and it seemed to grab on to it. While trying to get pictures, he had a hard time separating it from his glove as it was holding on to that as well. I scoured the internet and cannot find anything remotely close to its image. I’m hoping you can help to identify it! Thank you for your time.
Signature: CuriousGeorge

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear CuriousGeorge,
Your image of an American Lappet Moth Caterpillar,
Phyllodesma americana, in its threat position is quite wonderful.  Here is an image on BugGuide of an individual’s ventral surface that shows the same markings as your individual, and this BugGuide image illustrates the threat position.  The BugGuide description is:  “Larva: body with blue, black/gray, white, and orange on the back, and densely hairy lobes (lappets) along sides; top of eighth abdominal segment with unpaired hump; when stretched out or alarmed, exposes bright orange band across top of second and third thoracic segments”

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar

American Lappet Moth Caterpillar

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Subject: caterpillar south africa
Location: south africa
June 3, 2017 7:47 am
Hi there – A lone caterpillar; Daytime; May (autumn or fall); Sand Forest in Zululand;
Signature: pete s

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Pete,
We were not aware that modern cameras produced such low resolution images.  This is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae, and we found a matching image on iSpot, but it is only identified to the family level.  We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month when our editorial staff will be out of the office on holiday.

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

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