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Giant Lappet Caterpillar

Lebeda cognata


Lebeda cognata - a HUGE caterpillar resting on a leaf. At 110 mm in length, it is extremely massive compared to other species. It is pale greyish brown in color to make itself looks like a heap of dried vegetation waste. The hairs at its sides also helps to blend it in its environment by breaking its shape outline. The 2 black pom poms or black "hairs" on top of the head act as a defense mechanism similar to Osmeterium, when threatened, those hairs will spread out - notice the slight changes on them between the 2nd and 3rd photo. "chinstrap"
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Specific plants in Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC), Sandakan, Sabah.


>>>Map accuracy : 200m diameter. A HUGE thanks to my sister who found this. I was only focusing on spotting tiny spiders and insects that I missed this large caterpillar! I hope this is the largest insect larva in the Malaysian or Bornean records!

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27 Comments (1–25)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

wow !!!! great spotting Congrats .......

ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Thanks Reza :-)

Congratulations !

ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Thank you all my friends.
I appreciate all of your great comments.

Chun,beautifull series,great spotting,congrats on the SOTD and thanks fro sharing

Lovely!! Congratulations on the SOTD, ChunXingWong.

Tom15 7 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD with a great find!

Ingrid3 7 years ago

WOW! amazing beastie!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Wow. What a beast! Congratulations Chun. You might need a bigger camera for those.

AshleyT 7 years ago

Very awesome find, Chun, congrats on sotd!

ToshimiDowaki 7 years ago

Great spotting! Congratulations!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Congrats Chun!

RiekoS 7 years ago

Congratulations! This very rare find. Thank you very much for sharing.

rams4d 7 years ago

Awesome, impressive, congrats !!!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Amazing !!!Congrats Chun!!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Congratulations Chun for your lacy caterpillar.

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 7 years ago


Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

congratulations!!! wow.....

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Congratulations Chun. Fantastic series.

KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations Chun! What a week it's been - our featured member and Spotting of the Day!

The giant lappet caterpillar lives up to its name, measuring an incredible 110mm in length, making it a contender for the largest insect larvae in Malaysia!

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RiekoS 7 years ago


ChunXingWong 7 years ago

A belated thank you to everyone.

Lanzz 7 years ago

Wow, so huge... I wonder how the eggs, cocoon, and the adult look like...

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Nice caterpillar!

LaurenZarate 7 years ago

I looked up the adult moth, also good at camouflage! http://www.flickr.com/photos/gancw1/1010...

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Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 8, 2010
Submitted on Dec 12, 2013

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