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Wasp moth caterpillar

Arctiidae, Arctiinae, Holophaea sp.

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117 Comments (1–25)

rubens.luciano a year ago

Excelente trabalho Sergio !

SukanyaDatta a year ago

So, the green and yellow juvenile becomes an orange and black adult. What a stunning transformation.

armadeus.4 a year ago

That's amazing Sergio! Congrats on the ID 🙃 Liana

This is the adult moth of Holophaea vesta, found in Suriname. When adult, my cat must be slightly different from this one, but close enough to give an idea of how it will look like when fully formed:

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a year ago

Congratulations Sergio ! This cheerleader catty definitely deserved its ID to be broadcast. Still makes me smile - those sharp spikes and the soft pompoms !!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio a year ago


SukanyaDatta a year ago

This is wonderful...what is it??Do you have a photo??

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Brilliant. Ten years is worth the wait.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

That is very cool!!

Finaly, after almost 10 years, I got a true ID for this little beauty, thanks to my friend Francierlem Oliveira.

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Jae...your comment put the good in my morning. Thank you for infusing smiles. Sergio, this is wonderful...but the caterpillar is spectacular. Thank you, both.

Jae 2 years ago

@Sukanya a cheerleader perhaps :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

SukanyaDatta: Here you have an adult Saurita moth. I don't know if it is the same species, but you can have an idea of what it becomes:

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

I so want to see what it becomes.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

WOW! I can't believe, Dominik, you did it again.Yes, you are THE master. After all this time you still remembered it!!! I followed the link you provided and other ones, and I found how other instars of this caterpillar look like, and I think that I must have got it another time: . Anyway, thank you so, so much my friend.

balungilevalencia2 2 years ago

It looks very nice

Would love to know more about this guy

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Any update on the ID of this beauty Sergio?

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

No yunseong1, they are rigid but not sharp.

yunseong1 8 years ago

Wow amazing spotting.Are those spikes sharp?

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

Finally! Hope you'll know it soon! Will the moths have 'pom-pom' too? :D

This is truly one very incredible spotting, new species or not !

LuisStevens 9 years ago

I want to see the moth too!

Would love to see the moth!

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Paraná, Brazil

Spotted on Oct 22, 2012
Submitted on Oct 22, 2012

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