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Spitfire Caterpillar

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

This is the caterpillar of the Mottled Cup Moth, found in Australia, and raises those little spikes to defend itself and yes they sting.



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65 Comments (1–25)

RobThacker
RobThacker 4 years ago

Indeed Darren, it should be under the waves, thank you for this.

DarrenC
DarrenC 4 years ago

They are the strangest looking things Rob

RobThacker
RobThacker 4 years ago

Simply in awe! As MC Hammer would say ''U Can't Touch This''

DarrenC
DarrenC 4 years ago

Thanks ColtMoony and Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Yep same family Colt. Limacodidae.

ColtMooney
ColtMooney 4 years ago

Looks kinda like a saddle back caterpillar I had a bad encounter with

sintija.valucka
sintija.valucka 4 years ago

soooo weird and amazing!!!!
Great spotting!!!! :)))

tibiprada
tibiprada 5 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥

beastlyvirtues
beastlyvirtues 5 years ago

Awesome!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Fantastic!!!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 5 years ago

Amazing looking caterpillar!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Unbelievable!!!

KakyoinNoriaki
KakyoinNoriaki 5 years ago

BESTIAAAAA!!!!
CHUZOOOOO!!!!
BEAST!!!
WOW!!!!

Ryan21
Ryan21 5 years ago

never seen anything like that!!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 5 years ago

Very neat little caterpillar.

discovery3
discovery3 5 years ago

That is pretty cool.

williefromwi
williefromwi 5 years ago

wonderful detail on your spotting

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Wow!!!! This is fantastic!!

Little Rex
Little Rex 6 years ago

Woah... This is one wild caterpillar. It almost looks like a nudibranch, imo. I would love to see one in real life.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 6 years ago

I really believe the part that you said it stings because I have been stung before by a DEAD one. At least now I learnt that some animals will still be dangerous even though they are dead.

DarrenC
DarrenC 6 years ago

I think it might be Martin

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Darren, this is the end result of your caerpillar.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

I love caterpillars. Yours is just so amazing! Great photo!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Thanks DarrenC... you're just up the road so I'm keeping my peepers open a bit more now. Good one.

David.Ismael
David.Ismael 6 years ago

simply amazing!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.33

Spotted on May 11, 2011
Submitted on May 11, 2011

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