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Green Slug Caterpillar

Eloasa sp.


i think this a pupal stage of an unidentified butterfly. It's size was relatively small as compared to my thumb. ID is still not certain however.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Green Slug Caterpillar
Eloasa symphonistis Green Slug Caterpillar - Eloasa symphonistis

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34 Comments (1–25)

Marlon829 9 years ago

thanks for the like guys.

EReidRoss 9 years ago

Hello there!

My name is E. Reid Ross and I am an American freelance writer. I am currently trying to put together an article about animals that look like food for publication at Man Cave Daily, an affiliate of CBS

Would it be possible to contact you via email? I would like to ask your permission to use this photo for the aforementioned article. My email is

If you like, you can view a list of other animal-related articles I have written in the past here:

Thanks for your time,


Marlon829 9 years ago

Dont worry Carol a lot of people has been deceived by this caterpillar. hehehehe

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

I thought it was a watermelon. How funny is this. LOL

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wonderful spot and series :)

Marlon829 9 years ago

thanks jolly for the suggestion... i was actually planning to do it but unfortunately when i check the plant again, i haven't found it and to my surprise i was shock to observe this spotting of mine.
and im not really sure if its related to the green caterpillar or a different one.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

By the way, I have done the procedure myself. Here is my spotting:

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

I agree with Jolly.. Maybe you will impress with the moth later..

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

It would be nice if you could keep it until it emerge then you will have a positive ID. Keep it in a container with its food plant. It is tedious but worth the effort when you will be able to document its adult stage.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 9 years ago

What a caterpillar!! Amazing! Great spotting Marlon!

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Love it!

Marlon829 9 years ago

just recently added additional shots of the caterpillar to estimate its size and to show its ventral parts to help in ID

I'm staring at this photo looking for the caterpillar when I realized it's right there smack at the middle. Gosh I'm getting old... :(

Seema 9 years ago

roughly looking,resembles a watermelon..:)
apparently, everyone thinks so..

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

It looks like a wathermelon!

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Wait.......isn't this a water melon?!?! :O

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome spot! I would have voted for the watermelon too!

drP 9 years ago

Me, too!

I thought it was a baby water melon and now feel silly.... Awesome spot !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Thanks sinobug for the great info.

Sinobug 9 years ago

Excellent pictures by the way, especially the second one.

Sinobug 9 years ago

Argy Bee is correct in that it is a Limacodid slug caterpillar but I wouldn't go so far as to identify it as E. symphonistis. It is the caterpillar of a cup moth, family Limacodidae. Cup Moth larvae are often highly ornamented and brightly colored. Two main types can be distinguished: larvae armed with rows of protuberances bearing stinging spines called stinging nettle slug caterpillars, or non-spined forms where the surface of the larvae may by completely smooth, called gelatin slug caterpillars. This one is the latter - a gelatin slug caterpillar.
Argy Bee also suggested it would be interesting to see it's underside. The larvae of this family bear no prolegs on their abdominal segments. The larva attaches itself to the substrate by means of an adhesive ventral surface. The movement is like a slug hence their generic name.
It is difficult with any of the Limacodid caterpillars to precisely identify them as very few globally have been officially recorded or even linked to an adult moth.
Here are a few more slug caterpillars of this variety, including a view of the underside....

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago


pamsai 9 years ago

really does look like a watermelon at first glance!

Jellis 9 years ago

I also thought it was a Watermelon. Nature sure plays tricks on us.

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Iligan City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines

Spotted on Feb 26, 2013
Submitted on Feb 26, 2013

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