HIGAD

 
higad
caterpillar

mabuhok na higad
hairy  or wooly caterpillar

Makati ang higad.

Hairy caterpillars are itchy.

hinigad
to have the skin swell and itch due to exposure to a hairy caterpillar

HIGAD

A hairy caterpillar doesn't need to bite to cause an itchy response.

If it falls off a tree branch and happens to brush by an exposed part of your skin, you will start to itch and the skin will break into a rash.

Their fine, tiny hairs easily become embedded in the epidermis and are impossible to brush or wash off.

Mabuhok na Higad (Hairy Caterpillar): Euproctis chrysorrhoea

The most common cited scientific name for higad is Euproctis chrysorrhoea, a brown-tail moth whose larva is very hairy.

The more general term for creatures that have the shape of a caterpillar is uod.

It's not uncommon for Filipinos to use the word katerpilar instead of higad.