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Commander's caterpillar

Moduza procris

Description:

It eats both sides of the midrib of a young leaf leaving the latter projecting as a dry filament. It sits on the bare rib, indistinguishable from frass (powdery material phytophagous (plant-eating) insects pass as waste after digesting plant parts). It rests on the upper surface of the leaf when it’s matured with its body curled into a close C-form and the tail often strongly elevated. Its body coloration gives an appearance of lump of moss sticking to the leaf.

Notes:

feed on plants of family Rubiaceae such as, Mussaenda frondosa, Wendlandia thyrsoidea and Cinchona (quinine).

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NuwanChathuranga
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NuwanChathuranga

Sri Lanka

Spotted on Dec 24, 2012
Submitted on Dec 27, 2012

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