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thank you Nuwan and Bayucca
oh please of course you are not!!! Usually they eat their own shaded skin and most of the time caterpillars first meal is their own egg shell :))
Why I don't see any empty sheds from caterpillar? Do they eat them immediately? That would make sense to the nutritional shortage in the rainforest. Thanks Nuwan, I really must be a stupid fool not knowing about the shedding!
caterpillars do shed their skin from instar to inster, this could be a shaded skin or just a dead caterpillar !
Yes, we should not forget bird attack. Might be an Arctiidae??
thank you Bayucca
could it be a killed and devoured caterpillar Bayucca, and i am removing the exoskelton. is possible to IDfy?
I am not sure if this is really an exosceleton, to my knowledge caterpillar do not really have an exosceleton, but a cocoon or pupa. Thinking about that I would say they just grow without changing the skin (I really had to thought about that ;-)...) This might be a normal, but now dead caterpillar after emerging of some larvae from a parasite. I did put the focus on #3. What do you think??
Lat: 8.49, Long: 76.98
Spotted on Aug 5, 2012 Submitted on Aug 6, 2012