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Fruit-piercing Moth (larva)

Eudocima sp.

1 species ID suggestions

Fruit-piercing Moth (larva)
Eudocima materna

26 Comments (1–25)

MayraSpringmann 3 years ago

Que incrivel esta série!!

Pest or not a pest it is still a beauty!! Thank you for sharing this gorgeous creature, Sergio Monteiro.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Yeah, right, exactly what we needed, another invasive pest... thanks a lot, Jakubko, I'll check about this moth's incidence in Brazil.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Please, verify! I'm almost certain of genus Eudocima, but E. maternal needs to be verified! The species was previously Asian but is expanding its range to more tropical areas, including South America.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Dilan, Luis, Leanne, Muckpuk, Larry, Martin and Rubens, thank you. I agree that it is a fruit piercing moth, I am looking for an exact ID, Martin.

MartinL 5 years ago

It certainly looks like a fruit piercing moth.
The Asian genus is Othreis

rubens.luciano 5 years ago

Que monstrinho em Sergio! Excelente!

MartinL 5 years ago

Man, Sergio! Is that for real?

LarryGraziano 5 years ago


Muckpuk 5 years ago

Hahahaha no clue what it is but it makes me laugh. Do you think that is the idea...make enemies die of laughter...

LeanneGardner 5 years ago


LuisStevens 5 years ago

I love this series!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Very Beautiful series Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Carol, Jill, Cindy & Leuba, thank you.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Those eye-spots are amazing ! As always Sergio, an impressive specimen and fantastic photos !!

Wow. Nice one, Sergio!

JillBlack 5 years ago

Great looking caterpillar and series

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 5 years ago

Just love so much! This might be my favorite caterpillar you have found. But I love them all.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Juan DiTrani, johnlguerin, sarah in the woods, Mark Ridgway, RickLampman, Ava T-B, thank you for the nice comments on this. bayucca, thanks for the tip, I promise I'll try to get more info about it. As for that moth to come from thia caterpillar, it would be awesome to get both at the same day, right? but I am getting used to weird coincidences...

bayucca 5 years ago

Great rocking spotting, Sergio! I am thinking of Fruit-piercing Moth, Erebidae, Calpinae, Eudocima sp.?? Not sure.
Could this:
be the moth? Shape and size might match for Calpinae, besides the shape and position of the head, which looks more like Arctiinae. For Zygaenidae, the antennae do not match.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago


RickLampman 5 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago


sarah in the woods
sarah in the woods 5 years ago

Looks like it belongs on Sesame Street with those google eyes!

johnlguerin 5 years ago

Incredible Sergio. Wow! What a treasure you spotted.

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Lat: -25.43, Long: -49.27

Spotted on Feb 6, 2014
Submitted on Feb 7, 2014

Spotted for mission

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