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Stinging Nettle Caterpillar

Parasa lepida

Description:

It normally seen in Mango trees in winter in India. One should not make contact with this creature because the spines of Nettle Caterpillar release an irritant (a mixture of histamines) produced by a poison gland. The irritant causes the skin to burn and itch (uuff it's awful).. which is feel like got an "electric shock" so we use to call it an Electric Worm in our child hood.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Wilson W
Wilson W 8 years ago
Nettle caterpillar
Parasa lepida Nettle caterpillar


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5 Comments

Athar
Athar 3 years ago

How do we control this stinging nettle caterpillar?

TamalDas
TamalDas 8 years ago

@ AshleyT
off-course.. it was a miss selection .
Thanks :)

TamalDas
TamalDas 8 years ago

Thanks @ S Frazier

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hello. I moved your fantastic caterpillar to the group Arthropods. It is also not a slug (a mollusk). Please see if you agree with the species suggestion.

AshleyT
AshleyT 8 years ago

This should be in the arthropods category, not plants :)

TamalDas
Spotted by
TamalDas

West Bengal, India

Spotted on Mar 3, 2012
Submitted on Jun 25, 2013

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