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Colourful Caterpillar

Notodontidae sp.

Description:

Very colourful, about 4cm long and seen eating the leaves of the Pigeon Pea tree (Cajanus cajan). Notodontidae is a family of moths with approximately 3,800 known species. Moths of this family are found in all parts of the world, but they are most concentrated in tropical areas, especially in the New World.

Notes:

Species of this family tend to be heavy-bodied and long-winged, the wings held folded across the back of the body at rest. They rarely display any bright colours, usually being mainly grey or brown, with the exception of the Dioptinae subfamily (Grimaldi and Engel, 2005). These features mean they rather resemble Noctuidae although the families are not closely related. The adults do not feed. Many species have a tuft of hair on the trailing edge of the forewing which protrudes upwards at rest. This gives them the common name of prominents. The common names of some other species reflect their hairiness, such as Puss Moth and the group commonly known as kittens (Furcula spp.), so named as they resemble small versions of the Puss Moth.

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7 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Removed from 'Signs of wildlife' mission as this is actual wildlife.

Thank you :)

ceherzog
ceherzog 7 years ago

Excellent!

@bayucca I checked it and yes, it falls under the Family, but I haven't found the species.

bayucca
bayucca 7 years ago

Notodontidae???

Thank you Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Incredible! I loved it!

Trinidad and Tobago

Spotted on Dec 26, 2013
Submitted on Dec 26, 2013

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