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Lagarta de mariposa saturnidea (Saturnid moth caterpillar)

Leucanella sp.


Large caterpillar (+- 6 cm / 2 1/2 in). Color is deep dark blue overall, with yellow "thorns". Photo #5 shows the "cat" and the plant it was on.

1 species ID suggestions

Leucanella sp.

25 Comments (1–25)

jazmin1 a year ago

What a strange caterpiller!

Nicholas4 a year ago

Phenomenal detail in the series. Excellent close ups.

Paulo Sevilla
Paulo Sevilla a year ago

Lovely spotting !

Christiane, VivBraznell, FrancisQuintana, Leuba, JohanHeyns, MayraSpringmann, in my behalf and the caterpillar's, thank you very much.

Christiane a year ago

WOW.... What a caterpillar!!!

VivBraznell a year ago

Excellent spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Great Sergio ! - I love pic #3 -he obviously likes his photo taken too...

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns a year ago

Nice recording of a nice spotting.

MayraSpringmann a year ago

Wow!!! Fantastic!!!

Ann, Harsuame, Goody, Argy, Alice, Gerardo, Jeannette, Ivan & Ava, thank you.

AnnvanWijgerden a year ago

Fascinating photo series! Totally awesome caterpillar... And I certainly agree with Goody's "Don't Touch!!" comment!

Thank God I don't understand caterpillar's language, it was kind of stressed with my presence, and I think it was saying some very gross words...

Aaron_G a year ago

If anything ever screamed "Don't Touch!!" it's this dude. Another fine spotting, sir!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee a year ago

That's a knockout caterpillar Sergio. I love the look he's giving you in pic 3.

Wow! Cool!

IvanRaga a year ago

fantastico, perecen estrellas que lo rodean

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago


I agree. Anyway, it was a real pleasure too see it.

bayucca a year ago

Might be, but you have to check the size of the spikes, color of the spikes (mixed colors yellow/white), distribution of spikes (over all short, over all long, mixed), you see, quite a challenge ;-)...

I saw some photos at the internet, they all pointed to L. Viridescens, but it seems that there are subspecies.

bayucca a year ago

Saturniidae, Leucanella sp., I would not dare to go down to species level...
Most probably not Hosmera:
The spikes in Viridescens are larger, earlier instar??
Some mimics (Nymphalidae, Colobura dirce!):

Thank you, Bayucca.

Look like stars very cool caterpillar!

Wow this is awesome Sergio:)

Jeannette a year ago

Wow, that is so awesome :)

Piraquara, Paraná, Brazil

Lat: -25.52, Long: -48.98

Spotted on May 22, 2012
Submitted on May 22, 2012

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