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Blue-nosed caterpillar

Acharia ophelians


Limacodidae catterpilar, Help with the specie ID?


Eating Host Plant Anonna squamosa

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bayucca 8 years ago
Blue-nosed Caterpillar
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30 Comments (1–25)

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 5 years ago

Poor guys :(

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 8 years ago

amazing spotting......

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

What an interesting spotting, although it is creepy for the caterpillars. Congratulations!

arlanda 8 years ago

Fantasitic spotting, congratulations!

Amazing photo Congrats ! Sorry for the late wishes !!!!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

Congratulations Susana on your SOTD

Great spotting Susana,amazing capture,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

LaurenZarate 8 years ago

Congratulations Susana on SOTD! Wonderful photos and amazing that the poor caterpillar survive so long. Beautiful caterpillar.

Congratulations !

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Congrats Susana!!Amazing spotting!!

gatorfellows 8 years ago

Congratulations, a wonderful SOTD. :)

namitha 8 years ago

Congratulations Susana! Awesome find :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Congratulations Susana. What a lucky find! Beautiful

bayucca 8 years ago

No, Marta, unfortunately the infected caterpillar would not survive, but they will live as long as the parasitic wasps emerge out of the "cotton"-like pupae. The wasp larva are feeding the whole time of not vital organs and structures of the caterpillar.

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD! I just erased my message by mistake, haha! here is again. I was saying poor caterpillars ..but do they survive this?

Seema Swami
Seema Swami 8 years ago

@ Karen & @SusanaGarcíaBlanco Thanks , you have just helped me with this -

MartinL 8 years ago

Susana, a nice spotting and congratulations. I only have one question. Did it take one wasp or two to achieve this?

Congratulations Susana on this SOTD!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 8 years ago

Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Seema Swami
Seema Swami 8 years ago

Congratulations !!

Congratulations on the SOTD, SusanaGarcíaBlanco.
It is a bit creepy this Parasitism thing but it happens. It is happening right now on some beautiful caterpillars in my garden.... : (

VivBraznell 8 years ago

Well done on the SOTD! Brilliant photo and great info .. thank you!

KarenL 8 years ago

Welcome back Susana, & congratulations your fascinating capture has earned you Spotting of the Day!

These caterpillars have been parasitized by a species of braconid wasp. This wasp laid its eggs inside the caterpillar where they hatched into larvae that fed on its muscle tissues, while leaving its heart and other essential organs intact. Once mature, the larvae chewed their way out from the caterpillars skin and built the silken cocoons within which they will metamorphose into adult wasps that will fly off to infect other caterpillars.


Bahía Ballena, Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Dec 21, 2013
Submitted on Dec 21, 2013

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