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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Lepidopterism is an irritant contact dermatitis caused by irritating caterpillar or moth hairs coming into contact with the skin or mucosa.[1][2] When referring to the cause, moth dermatitis and caterpillar dermatitis are commonly used; Caripito itch (known as papillonite in French)[3][4] is an older name referring to the moth dermatitis caused by some Hylesia species.[5]


  1. Rosen T (1990). "Caterpillar dermatitis". Dermatol Clin. 8 (2): 245–52. PMID 2191798. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  2. Lee D, Pitetti RD, Casselbrant ML (1999). "Oropharyngeal manifestations of lepidopterism". Arch. Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 125 (1): 50–2. PMID 9932587. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. Thiéry G, Adam S, Coulet O, André N, Meynard JB, Thiéry S (2008). "Papillonite" (PDF). Med Trop (Mars) (in French). 68 (1): 27–8. PMID 18478767. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  4. Vassal, J.M. (1986). "Hylesia metabus, agent de la papillonite en Guyane française" (PDF). Le littoral guyanais : fragilité de l'environnement. Ier congrès régional de la SEPANGUY; Xe colloque SEPANRIT. Cayenne: SEPANGUY. pp. 125–130. Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (help)
  5. Dinehart SM, Archer ME, Wolf JE, McGavran MH, Reitz C, Smith EB (1985). "Caripito itch: dermatitis from contact with Hylesia moths". J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 13 (5 Pt 1): 743–7. doi:10.1016/S0190-9622(85)70216-2. PMID 4078069. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)