Unidentified Stinging Caterpillar from Singapore

Unknown Caterpillar
October 4, 2009
Hello bugman,
when cutting our Chamaedorea elegans, my husband felt a burning sensation to his arm. Obviously he touched two of this caterpillars, sitting on a leaf.
I searched your database, but couldn’t find a similar picture. Looks like a stinging slug caterpillar for me.
Thanks for your help,
Best regard

Unknown Stinging Caterpillar
Unknown Stinging Caterpillar

Hi Claudia,
We are not certain that this is a Stinging Slug Caterpillar.  It looks more to us like one of the Stinging Caterpillars in the subfamily Hemileucinae of the Giant Silkworm Family Saturniidae.  We will try to get a second opinion.

2 thoughts on “Unidentified Stinging Caterpillar from Singapore”

  1. Hmm…to me this looks very similar to a recent post by Arina from Malaysia (http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2009/09/28/stinging-slug-caterpillar-from-malaysia/), that I suggested was probably a Blue-striped Nettle Grub, Parasa lepida (Limacodidae). Links to photos were included in my comment to that post, but here is another one from Malaysia: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Asia/Malaysia/photo208808.htm. In this case it is referred to as a Green Mango Caterpillar, but I am pretty sure it is the same species. Perhaps it is another common name. Caterpillars of the Blue-striped Nettle Grub are generalists and do feed on mangos and a wide variety of palms (e.g.; Chamaedorea elegans). Regards. K


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