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A blood sucking caterpillar? Should I be worried about the bite?

 
 
Reply Fri 26 May, 2017 09:24 am
Hi everyone,

Today, while sitting on a chair in a garden for a while, I realized a green caterpillar-like (4-5cm long, 1-1.5cm diameter) worm was sucking blood off my hand for a while. The picture is here:
http://imgur.com/a/qEWYK

The bite has not left a considerable mark, it was quite visible when there was blood on it, after washing it, the marks seemed like almost invisible pink dots.

What is scary is that I did not find any reference to such an insect anywhere. No one has shared the experience of being bitten by such an insect apparently.

When it was happening, I had no feeling, however, there was a strong smell, something like the smell of those garbage trucks, and after a while I suddenly sensed something on my hand. About the smell my guess is it was generating some sort of chemical which perhaps was to sedate my skin not to feel the bite, something like what a leech does.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 26 May, 2017 12:15 pm
@moddabiri,
I don't know of any caterpillars that actually suck (or even eat) blood. And that looks like a swallowtail caterpillar of some type.

Is it possible you already had a scratch on your hand and the poor caterpillar just fell onto it and got blamed? Smile
coluber2001
 
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Reply Fri 26 May, 2017 01:31 pm
@moddabiri,
Caterpillars don't normally eat animals, but it could have mistaken your hand for a plant. I have had various hoppers--order homoptera-- try to feed on my skin. All Homopterans are strictly plant eaters, sucking the juices. I'm surprised you didn't feel anything, because caterpillars chew, not suck.
newmoonnewmoon
 
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Reply Fri 26 May, 2017 02:53 pm
@moddabiri,
See a doctor
seac
 
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Reply Fri 26 May, 2017 07:15 pm
@moddabiri,
We have a similar type of large caterpillar here. It has two yellow horns that come out from the head and it also gives off a bad odor. Seems to be a defense against anything that wants to eat it. When touched with a stick, they will bite it.
moddabiri
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 03:38 am
@rosborne979,
Hi, thanks for your answer. I am sure that it had sucked blood, lots of it. Because it was dripping blood when pressed. I was keeping it in a bottle to bring it to a clinic and it was passing out portions of blood time to time, there was a considerable amount of blood turning to clots in the bottle after a while. Also, the stomach was clearly full of blood. Moreover, my arm was bloody in 4 spots when I noticed it. So, I am sure the bastard is guilty of sucking blood.
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moddabiri
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 03:44 am
@coluber2001,
Hi, thanks for your answer. I am sure that it had sucked blood, lots of it. Because it was dripping blood when pressed. I was keeping it in a bottle to bring it to a clinic and it was passing out portions of blood time to time, there was a considerable amount of blood turning to clots in the bottle after a while. Also, the stomach was clearly full of blood. Moreover, my arm was bloody in 4 spots when I noticed it. So, I am sure the bastard is guilty of sucking blood. Could have been someone else's blood and my arm was almost a failed mission,...
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moddabiri
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 03:47 am
@newmoonnewmoon,
Hi, thanks for your answer. I did and the doctor had no idea what it is. His first attempt to name it was "It is a leech". And I was like "I have seen leeches, it is nothing like them, it is green". Anyhow, it's been 2 days and no symptoms. So...
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moddabiri
 
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Reply Sun 28 May, 2017 03:50 am
@seac,
Hi, thanks for your answer. Then the blood on my hand and in his stomach remains a mystery to me, clearly, the little worm had sucked lots of blood.
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