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Larva of moth butterfly

Liphyra brassolis

Description:

This caterpillar looks like a hat. It belongs to the moth butterfly and lives inside the nest of green ants. If I lived in the ants nests, I would love a skin as thick. They are one of very few carnivorous caterpillars (the only one?) and feed on the larvae of the ants. They can eat a whole nest. I like them.

Habitat:

Crawling along the outside of a large ants nest at the power plant at Barron Gorge, Cairns.

Notes:

http://www.natgeocreative.com/photograph...

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10 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks joaquin3
Thanks joaquin3
Thanks matias2
Thanks franco2
This is among the most bizarre caterpillars I have discovered, most satisfying is to learn that it is scarce.

RickBohler
RickBohler 4 years ago

Nice! :)

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks Dilan.
Seems it was a very lucky find.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 4 years ago

Nice series MartinL!!

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

Thanks Jae.
Thanks Machi. Yes, I do recall seeing this video before. Thanks.

Machi
Machi 4 years ago

Interesting caterpillar and great photos!

I know of at least one other carnivorous caterpillar: http://io9.com/a-guide-to-the-ravenous-h...

Jae
Jae 4 years ago

Wow amazing spotting, Martin.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -16.86, Long: 145.66

Spotted on May 14, 2015
Submitted on May 14, 2015

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