This creature on the photo was hiding in the tree and was moving bit quickly. Seemed like a caterpillar which eats moringa.. Can somebody help in identifying it. enter image description here

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    Knowing where you are in the world and the size of this caterpillar is important, but it's probably a moth, possibly one of the Halysidota
    – Bamboo
    Jul 15, 2017 at 10:25
  • @Bamboo I live in india. Jul 17, 2017 at 4:44
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    Can't find this exact one, but white marked tussock moth larvae is the closest, there are loads, but I'm not being shown any native or endemic in India - google is studiously ignoring 'India' in my search terms and showing American ones instead, no matter how I rephrase the search
    – Bamboo
    Jul 17, 2017 at 20:03
  • @Bamboo Yes of course, after searching based on your comments, i find that white marked tussok moth is the closest one that i could figure out. Thanks again. Can you make that as an answer? Jul 18, 2017 at 6:01

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It's most likely one of the Halysidota, or specifically Orgyia, which are moths - this larvae I can't pin down exactly, but the closest is white marked tussock moth. That particular moth larvae has irritant hairs, so best not touched with bare fingers, but I'm not entirely sure which one yours is. Info on Tussock moths generally here https://www.thoughtco.com/tussock-moth-caterpillars-4097354

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