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Offline D.Lock

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Itching caterpillar with spines | ?Saturniidae
« on: Tue, 07 November 2017, 02:11:04 PM »

Yesterday I found this caterpillar on my shirt during a night hike nead Fredberg in Suriname. I felt my arm getting itchy, thats when i dicovered his fella. Does anyone know what species it could be?

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Re: Itching caterpillar with spines
« Reply #1 on: Sat, 24 February 2018, 08:45:50 PM »
I'm fairly certain that this caterpillar belongs to some species in the family Saturniidae. As there are probably well over hundred species in Suriname and little research has been done, it will be difficult to get a good ID though. Collecting and rearing it would be the best option, and when done proper could even form the basis of a scientific paper.

Best, Auke