Spider Caterpillar from Brazil

Subject:  Caterpillar
Geographic location of the bug:  Florianópolis – Brazil
Date: 01/05/2018
Time: 01:29 PM EDT
Dear Mr Bugman, what is this big eating my orange tree?
How you want your letter signed:  Carolina G.

Spider Caterpillar

Dear Carolina,
Your caterpillar is related to a similar looking North American caterpillar called a Monkey Slug.  We posted a caterpillar from Brazil in the past that we identified as
Phobetron hipparchia, and we learned that it is called Lagarta-Aranha locally, which translates to Spider Caterpillar.  Handle with caution.  This caterpillar can sting.

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