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Skull Face Caterpillar


A large caterpillar, at least 80mm in length. Very hairy, have 2 pairs of long hair tufts beside its head. The most distinctive feature of this species is its scary skull-like face. It is also as aggressive as it looks, instead of trying to crawl away from me, it tried to fend me off by rising its head towards me (see the last photo). Possibly the caterpillar of a Lebeda species from the Lasiocampidae family.


Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary, Sandakan, Sabah.


>>>Map accuracy : 500 m diameter. Another spotting of a similar creature

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ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thank you Sergio and rams4d.
The forests here in RDC and Sepilok are really amazing places for caterpillars! I have also found a species of caterpillar that feeds on and mimics lichen,
but I am saving that spotting for next time :-D

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Awesome cat, Chun! Looks like you found a new caterpillars heaven!

rams4d 6 years ago

Very impressivve !!!

ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thank you Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Excellent. Good shot too.

ChunXingWong 6 years ago

Thanks alicelongmartin, this sure is one of the coolest ones.

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Cool Caterpillar!

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Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 7, 2010
Submitted on Nov 29, 2013

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