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My daughter who first discovered these larvae called them "Shitterpillars". 1cm long yellow coloured larva covered in it's own excrement. Found eating the leaves of a "Kedondong" ( Spondias dulcis) tree. On the 5th picture uploaded: Possible adult form of the larva in the form of a yellow+black spotted, also 1cm long, beetle. The beetles were also found in abundance on the tree. 3rd photo is the excrement found all over the leaves. 4th photo is the actual pupa with the excrement cleaned off. Pretty! Function of covering oneself with shit? Self defense? Camouflage? protection from the sun? How do they shit backwards and upwards onto their back?
"Kedondong" ( Spondias dulcis) tree. tropical climate Malaysia
Lat: 1.97, Long: 102.99
Spotted on Feb 21, 2018
Submitted on Feb 21, 2018
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