A field guide to Kenyan mangroves


Lepidotera species


Zone: Found in the mixed R. mucronata / Ceriops tagal zone.

Habitat: Individuals of this caterpillar were usually encountered on young Ceriops tagal trees in areas with no or sparse adult canopy..

Food: Leaves

Ecological notes: Irritating hairs on back. Only one specimen found (in Mida Creek, Kenya) during 16 weeks of field work. "The common name for this moth is named from the larva, known as Family: Limacodidae "Slug Moths" due to the legless and often hairless appearance of the larva. There are several hundred species of Slug Moths found world wide, most have stinging spines, few are dangerous to humans other than a possible allergic reaction. Most severe reactions are treated with adrenalin injections to stop the histamine reaction and to aid in recovery from shock." (S. Smith pers. comm.).

Distinguishing characteristics:

Geographical range: "Several hundred species of Slug Moths are found world wide" (S. Smith pers. comm.).

References: Scott Smith personal communication, Clearfield, Utah, email: bugframes@earthlink.net

Helpful link to similar U.S. native species: http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/entomology/factsheets/sticater.html

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all text and photographs copyrightę 2002 David Gillikin and Anouk Verheyden
Created 28 August 2001