Lappet Moth Caterpillar from South Africa

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

1 thought on “Lappet Moth Caterpillar from South Africa”

  1. We’ve just had a HUGE infestation in our garden. Hundreds of them stripped our African Holly tree, so we eventually had to chop it down. We just couldn’t get to them all. Where do the moths come from? How do we prevent this again? Some caterpillars fell onto the tree-feller and burnt his skin as if they had battery acid in them.


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