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Southern Flannel Moth (Megalopyge opercularis) or Pussy Moth (or Asp!) - 

The most distinct feature of this moth its its pre-metamorphic stage.  Also known as the puss caterpillar, is covered in long fur and is very venomous.  These rashes can become inflated burning swelled areas and can cause nausea and even breathing problems.  As the caterpillar grows, its fur becomes shorter and more tussled.

In the adult forms, the moths can have a wingspan of between 1 and 2 inches.  Like most moths, they are dimorphic.  The males have thicker antennae, more black markings and are smaller than females.  They live throughout Texas and Florida. 

More thorough information on instar stages and other details can be found here. (An extremely well written and well researched website). 


Monkey Slug [Hag moth larvae] (Phobetron pithecium)

The monkey slug is a name for the caterpillar of the Hag moth which is found in North America. They get their unique name due the larvae’s six curly projections which camouflage it in the leaf litter. The Caterpillar will eat almost anything and has been recorded eating deciduous trees from apples to willows. When the caterpillar reaches adulthood the day flying female moth mimics a bee with pollen sacs (males mimic wasps).



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Limacodid Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Ceratonema sp., Limacodidae)

Cup Moth larvae are often highly ornamented and brightly colored. Two main types can be distinguished: larvae armed with rows of protuberances bearing stinging spines called nettle caterpillars, or non-spined forms where the surface of the larvae may by completely smooth, called gelatine caterpillars (like this one). The larvae of this family bear no prolegs on their abdominal segments. The larva attaches itself to the substrate by means of an adhesive ventral surface. The movement is like a slug hence their generic name.

(A stinging slug caterpillar generally bears warning colouration and stinging hairs. These hairs can inject a venom from poison sacs carried at their base that are used as defensive weapons. Reactions can range from a mild itching to a very painful sting.)

Limacodid Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Limacodidae) "Firecracker"

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

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