Caterpillar from Amazon Rainforest - Tamshiyacu Tahuayo area - Peru

Could you please help me identify this caterpillar (Amazon rainforest, Peru)? Is it a species of Megalopygidae???

  • $\begingroup$ Did you take this picture? If so, could you provide more information about where it was found (e.g., on the ground, on a tree, etc.). $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 23:37
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    $\begingroup$ Yes - On the trunc of a living tree - During the day - Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 8:23
  • $\begingroup$ It resembles a Puss mouth or flannel moth caterpillar. The adult moth is beautiful and the bristles of the caterpillar are very irritating.. It does indeed belong to the Megalopygidae $\endgroup$
    – walt
    Commented Jul 9, 2017 at 17:13

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It is an pink flannelmoth because there is no other insect which ressembles it

Pink flannelmoth

Usually pinkflannelmoths have orange coloured centers

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    $\begingroup$ The proposition that something is something because it looks like it is completely falacious. I could say that a person is an ape because they look alike. Perhaps it is an undiscovered species? $\endgroup$
    – Charlie
    Commented Aug 11, 2017 at 18:10
  • $\begingroup$ But with just one photo from the top view you can't expect the answer right $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ I do agree with your there $\endgroup$
    – Charlie
    Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 11:08
  • $\begingroup$ Please provide supporting facts.. simply saying, "I couldn't find anything better" isn't the best logic to use. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Commented Aug 12, 2017 at 16:20

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