Lappet Moth Caterpillar from Hong Kong

Seen on the trail in HK …
Location: Hong Kong
April 28, 2011 8:25 pm
Trying to determine the name of this bug seen on a trail in HK …
Signature: Andy

Lappet Moth Caterpillar, we believe

Hi Andy,
This sure resembles the Caterpillar of the American Lappet Moth,
Phyllodesma americana, so we suspect it is an Asian relative.  We recently posted a photo of an American Lappet Moth Caterpillar, and you can also see some images on BugGuide.  When we have more time, we will try to track down an exact species for you.

Karl tracks down the species
Hi Daniel and Andy:
Good call Daniel – it looks like the Lappet Moth (Lasiocampidae) Kunugia divaricata. There are a number of good photos on Flickr. Regards.  Karl

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