mabuhok na higad
hairy or wooly caterpillar
Makati ang higad.
Hairy caterpillars are itchy.
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.
I got exposed to a hairy caterpillar and now I’m suffering from itchiness and swollen skin.
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.
* Reportedly called simutsang in the provinces of Cavite and Rizal.