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Subject:  Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  ATL, GA
Date: 05/26/2018
Time: 01:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What is this Caterpillar?
How you want your letter signed:  Shucks98

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Shucks98,
This is the caterpillar of a Lappet Moth in the family Lasiocampidae, possibly an American Lappet Moth Caterpillar which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject:  what caterpillars are these
Geographic location of the bug:  Eastern Cape
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 06:24 AM EDT
Please help ID.
How you want your letter signed:  andrew

Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Andrew,
The image with a single individual is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar, possibly a Cape Lappet Moth Caterpillar.  We will attempt to identify the group of caterpillars later.

Thanks so much. Yes I also got to the lappet moth group. Great help. The multiple ones looked emperor moth family at first glance but then with the tufted spines it threw me a bit
Thanks so much for the efforts.

We agree that your other caterpillars are from the family Saturniidae, but we want to verify the species.

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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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