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This is the caterpilar of the Morpho cypris an spectacular buterfly from the newtropics, the butterfly is not so common, so seen the caterpillar is always special, hope you all enjoy it
Thanks will pass your e.mail , I am considering your suggestion, but I am waiting to see if the next one survives...
Jonathan, please feel free to pass along my email address should your expert want to see a confirmed Morpho cypris larva.
This caterpillar was in captivity, but didn't survive, the plant was not identify, the expert at that place was sure it is from a M cypris.Thanks for the suggestion,
See also http://home.comcast.net/~bflyearlystages.... FYI, M. cypris larvae have large green lateral blotches, which unfortunately cannot be seen in the following black and white 1993 scientific paper out of Costa Rica – http://home.comcast.net/~bflyearlystages.... Jonathan, can you please tell me the botanical name of the plant this caterpillar was eating? Thanks very much in advance!
This particular caterpillar, is been care by a butterfly lover, we all hope that the butterfly eventually emerge from the crisalid, it will be the first time in CR, that somebody do this succesfully.
Wow very nice :)
Fascinating, Jonathan! Congrats!
Lat: 10.35, Long: -83.98
Spotted on Aug 8, 2012 Submitted on Aug 8, 2012
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