Unknown caterpillar from Peru
May 22, 2010
I found this caterpillar on a walk through the Peruvian Amazon. It was about 2.5-3 inches long. I tapped the branch it was on to try and collect it, but some of the hairs started coming off so I decided to just take a picture.
Quincemil, Peru 640-800m in SE Peru

Asp from Peru

Dear Clayton,
In North America, there is a group of caterpillars in the Flannel Moth family Megalopygidae (which is represented on BugGuide) that are commonly called Asps.  Asps, which are also known as Puss Caterpillars, are stinging caterpillars.  We suspect your specimen is closely related to the Southern Flannel Moth, Megalopyge opercularis which is profiled on BugGuide.

One Response to Flannel Moth Caterpillar

  1. lovebug says:

    amazing photo of Asp.I took a photo of caterpillars on a tree near the border of Peru/Bolivia and would love to identify them but cant work out how to publish photo here?

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