Can anyone tell me which caterpillar this is? Its body looks black and it has hairs that are white and black, with a little bit of brown.

It was on a utensil which was kept in a dark place. I watched it come out from the cocoon on the left after my mother poured water on it, then it tried to climb the walls of the utensil.

I live in Punjab in the northern part of India, which is in Asia. It was about 5cm long but i couldn't measure the actual length. Now it is gone.

But i will try to find another one of these around my home. If i can i will put a picture of it on this site.

caterpillar in a metal pan

And it came out of cocoon so is it even a caterpillar? I think caterpillars make cocoons to become moths and butterflies.

  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does seem to be 'Outdoors'
    – user15958
    Nov 2, 2018 at 9:10
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    @JanDoggen it's on par with most of our other identification questions, we keep old pans out in the greenhouse so can't see this as being off topic :)
    – Aravona
    Nov 2, 2018 at 11:05
  • If you want any more details just ask Nov 2, 2018 at 17:20
  • Do you have an estimate of size and any other pictures? Nov 2, 2018 at 17:44
  • This isn't enough for an answer, but it looks like this, which I found by Googling hairy caterpillars, India. (Anyone: feel free to use this comment as a starting point.) There are also Google links on identifying hairy caterpillars, which I do not have time to research. The size of your caterpillar will be important.
    – ab2
    Nov 2, 2018 at 20:11


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