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Caterpillar aggregation

Hylesia sp.


Caterpillar aggregation at the bases of a tree. The individuals of this genus are special because not only the larvae phase (caterpillar) inflict a painful sting (intoxication known as erucism), but the adult (moth) is equally dangerous and burns just as much with it's abdominal scales that are modified in seta (lepidopterism).

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Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Lat: -25.40, Long: -49.30

Spotted on Oct 4, 2015
Submitted on Oct 4, 2015

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