enter image description here Does anyone know what type of caterpillar this is? I don't know much about them. Pictured it in January in Costa Rica cloudforest (Monteverde) and am using it in a speech for visiting Costa Rica.

Size about 3,5-4 inches.

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    $\begingroup$ This looks like a caterpillar. $\endgroup$
    – futurebird
    Sep 14, 2017 at 2:20
  • $\begingroup$ Millipedes and centipedes have chitin segments. millipedes actually have anywhere from 40 to 400 legs. centipedes have between 15 and 177. $\endgroup$ Nov 14, 2017 at 10:56
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like a caterpillar in the Saturniidae family $\endgroup$ Nov 9, 2018 at 17:19

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Probably it is Cricula silkmoth (Cricula trifenestrata, Saturniidae), in caterpillar stage.

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    $\begingroup$ but this is from costa rica? Cricula trifenestrata is found from India to the Philippines, Sulawesi, Java, and Sri Lanka. $\endgroup$
    – futurebird
    Sep 15, 2017 at 3:51
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    $\begingroup$ Similar, but not the same. Cricula trifenestrata had white hairs coming out of the red bulbs. The picture above has black, branched hairs. $\endgroup$
    – RHA
    Sep 15, 2017 at 6:26

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