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Idea Caterpillar

Idea sp.

Description:

May be 4-5 cm long. Black with black spikes and yellow stripes. With two red markings.

2 Species ID Suggestions

NoSutt
NoSutt 8 years ago
Malabar Tree-nymph
Idea malabarica Idea malabarica from Wikipedia
White Tree Nymph
Idea leuconoe Paper Kite | Project Noah


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9 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 3 years ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Hi EarlyStages:
One possibility is that these butterflies have been imported. I did not see them in the wild but in a butterfly garden sanctuary. May be they not only raise philipppines species but also a variety of asian species.
A second possibility is that I am wrong with the ID which would not surprise me since I am not an expert. When I see caterpillars of Idea leuconoe in the internet they don´t look exactly like the ones in my pics but on the other hand these were the butterflies at the moment most present in the garden, so it might as well be.

EarlyStages
EarlyStages 8 years ago

As both the common and Latin names imply and NoSutt's reference states, Idea malabarica is found (only) in southern India – "oceans" away from the Philippines. Several months ago I would have confidently identified this caterpillar as an unusual yellow variation of a dark-form I. hypermnestra . . .
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrclean/300...
. . . however, it is now clear that our scientific understanding of I. leuconoe larvae is very incomplete. See also:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/123... (central Luzon)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/123... (northern Luzon)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/35366458@N0... (northern Luzon)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/694... (Bohol)
Thank you for an intriguing yet frustrating photo, Marta!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Stunning coloring!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

And to Nuwan!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID, NoSutt! :-)

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

I am trying to find the species name. Are there any Philippines out there that can help me? :-)

RiekoS
RiekoS 8 years ago

How beautiful (I am not sure if I can touch them though....)

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Bohol, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 10, 2012
Submitted on Dec 27, 2012

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