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Shag-carpet caterpillar

Tarchon Felderi


ok...ready to believe it is a Tarchon Felderi but a variation...those with the black markings and those with plain markings should produce different moth coloration as well...we'll just leave it as a Tarchon Felderi...the national butterfly of Panama...

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25 Comments (1–25)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 4 years ago

Fascinating spotting!

amazing capture Matthew,congrats and thanks for sharing such a awesome spotting page

MayraSpringmann 5 years ago


windmustache 6 years ago

Fascinating creature!

AmeliaGuo 6 years ago

AWW so fluffy!

hahaha :D that´s a good one!

LarsKorb 6 years ago

Survival Man: "Hey, look! A piece of ragged red carpet...humans and civilization can't be far!"
Mother Nature:"No way, José! Next human being is 800 Miles away. Good luck."

peter 7 years ago

Congrats Matthew, your caterpillar made spotting of the day!

"Shag-carpet caterpillars have thick coats of red-colored "hair" or setae, interwoven with a white carpet-like pattern"

hookgv 7 years ago

Looks like a piece wool...strange world we live in :~)

Christiane 7 years ago


Hema Shah
Hema Shah 7 years ago

this is a silk moth variety

alicelongmartin 7 years ago

He has quite a disguise!

LauraMaria 7 years ago

What the... I thought this was a plant, or maybe some kind of funky moss. But a caterpillar?! I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed at nature! Fab spot!!!

TammiElisa 7 years ago

That's a caterpillar? Amazing!

shebebusynow 7 years ago

Had I not seen it here, I might have thought it was some mysterious kitchen gadget made of rubbery-plastic. I'll bet it fools the birds.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Everyone amazed with nature's special creations..Good show Matthew..!!

peter 7 years ago

I think Carolina's right, check this one out it doesn't have black coloration


MatthewKritzer 7 years ago

I'm not sure, honestly...

Carolina 7 years ago

Do you know in what kind of moth it will become?

MatthewKritzer 7 years ago

Very possible...thank you.

Carolina 7 years ago

Yes you right, it really looks like.
Check this one:
What if yours was missing the black marks, but they appeared later?

MatthewKritzer 7 years ago

resembles...the tarchon felderi larva...only this individual had absolutely no black markings...may be a new species or a variation of the tarchon...solidly red and white from every angle...

SheaEckert 7 years ago

That is insane! I have never seen anything like it! What a spotting!!

Carolina 7 years ago

Is that a caterpillar? I saw the thumbnail and I thought it was a plant!

auntnance123 7 years ago

love this little 'pillar.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.19, Long: -83.72

Spotted on May 6, 2011
Submitted on May 6, 2011

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