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Loopy Looper Caterpillar

Homodes bracteigutta

Description:

A tiny speckled green caterpillar with paddle appendages. Here is the final larval instar http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/158... In he final instar these projections serve to mimic green ants with which they co habit.

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10 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 4 years ago

A beautiful caterpillar....

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks Daniele

Done.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 6 years ago

Great series of shots Martin! Please consider adding your spottings to the new 2016 Best Wildlife Photo mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/2004...

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thankyou Francisco

Francisco Ramírez
Francisco Ramírez 6 years ago

Beautiful photos Martin...Gorgeous Loppy looper !!!

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Yes Mark.
This plant is foodplant for Pseudodipsas cephenes, a lycaenid. I think it is Guioa acutifolia but the moth cat is an imposter.

The moth feeds on large leafed tropical plants including mango. Here are some others; http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au... I saw the large instar last year on mangrove in Cairns and couldn't ID it until this hatchling made me look again.

I will share the lycaenid for you now. cleve brought lots of small caterpillars back for breeding and I clicked them to load onto bb and record on ala while the opportunity was there. Its probably a bit boring for PN community.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Amazing cattie. Do you know the host plant?

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thank you and thank you.
I will put it up front.

Tristan Pragnell
Tristan Pragnell 6 years ago

Amazing !
I really like pic #2

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Very cool!

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Feb 27, 2016
Submitted on Feb 27, 2016

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