This unusual insect crawled up on my leg in the middle of the night. Its body was as soft as a cotton wool. Its bite produced burning erythema, which lasted for about a week.. Thank you for your kind help in advance..
I think it is a moth caterpillar.
Did you feel an actual sudden sharp pain (bite/sting)? A moth larva wouldn't do that.
But some moth larvae can cause various skin rashes because of their long hairs.
Okay.. thanks a lot. No it wasnt exacty a sting. Yes, diffuse rash without a clearly defined border.
I dont recognise this as a UK species - can you tell us where in the world you 'met' this caterpillar?
haha.. Your question is genuine sir. I happened to meet this thing in India.
Ahha, India. Then it looks like Lebeda nobilis, Family Lasiocampidae, AKA the Tea Oil Caterpillar. caterpillars of this group are often armed with irritant hairs.
BINGO! I just saw the pic of Lebeda nobilis on net and it looks exactly like that! Thanks a lot sire!
A friend of mine said it might be belonging to Noctuidae family.. What do you people say?
...Yes, it might.
But that does not really get you far. There are many species in the Noctuidae, and quite a few of them are tricky to differentiate as adults, let alone larvae.
Yes I just went through the Wikipedia of Noctuidae family. There are thousands of species out there under that family. Anyway, I think someone correctly figured it out finally. Thank you very much guys!