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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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Subject: Caterpillar ID – Ethiopia
Location: Ethiopia
February 21, 2017 2:50 am
Hi Folks
This may appear a bit of a long shot, but I’ve been trying to ID a caterpillar that I saw in Ethiopia’s Somali region in December 2015….
Any ideas what it is? The local people didn’t know it’s “English” name, but said it’s hairs were poisonous to cattle and told me not to touch it. It was about 15cm long (5-6 inches).
Signature: Thanks!

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

This sure looks to us like a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, and it is our understanding that some species in the family have urticating or stinging hairs.  We did find a similar looking Lasiocampidae Caterpillar from Ethiopia identified as Thaumetopoea apologetica on iSpot where the caption states:  “Urticating moth caterpillar causing skin and respiratory problems in cattle.”  An even closer match may be the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar, Eutricha capensis, that is pictured on Africa Wild where it states:  “Larvae congregate conspicuously on tree trunks, feeding on Acacia, white stinkwood (Celtis), bush willow (Combretum), Bauhinia and other trees in nature, and on trees such as mango, peach and the Brazilian Pepper in gardens.”  The plant it is feeding upon in your image appears to be an Acacia.  More images of the Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar can be found on Hedgie’s Nature Journal.  We cannot state for certain we have the correct species, but we are confident we have the family correct. 

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Subject: caterpillar
Location: sao paulo, brazil
November 29, 2016 5:21 pm
I have found many of this caterpillar all over a bindweed I have at my house’s garden. They are eating the leaves and I have got a burn when I stepped over one of them. I would like to know if it will become a butterfly – and therefore I should let them in peace – or if it is dangerous and I should kill them (in this case, what type of poison I should use).
Signature: Ana Elisa Salles

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Dear Ana Elisa,
This is a Tussock Moth Caterpillar in the subfamily Lymantriinae, and many Tussock Moth Caterpillars have stinging hairs, as you learned.  The adult is a moth, not a butterfly, and we do not provide extermination advice.  Your caterpillar resembles North American Tussock Moths in the genus
Orgyia, but we have not found any images online from Brazil of black Tussock Moth Caterpillars with white tufts. 

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Subject: Mystery caterpillar
Location: Dubai UAE
November 27, 2016 10:57 pm
Hello,
Students found this caterpillar in Dubai UAE. We are having a difficult time identifying it. Do you recognize it?
Signature: Nichole and grade 3

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Nichole and grade 3,
This appears to be a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae.  We will attempt to locate potential species in the UAE.

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Subject: Unknown caterpillar
Location: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
November 15, 2016 4:24 am
Hi everybody!
I’m busy making photo album of my trip in South Africa in 2015, and I’m missing the name of a fluffy caterpillar!
Hope you can help me!
Thanks a lot!
Signature: Virginia, Association NARIES

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Virginia,
We are confident that this is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar from the family Lasiocampidae, but we are uncertain of the species.  There are some similar looking images on iSpot.

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