mabuhok na higad
hairy or wooly caterpillar
Makati ang higad.
Hairy caterpillars are itchy.
to have the skin swell and itch due to exposure to a hairy caterpillar
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.
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.