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Lexias canescens caterpillar
Spotted on my regular trek into the jungle by a tropical mountain stream. The trail is home to all sorts of butterflies and moths - so it's not surprising to find caterpillars, tiny and large ones in the bushes. This was by far the biggest & weirdest I've seen. About 4-5 inches long, it's like a space alien mothership. It was not moving - so I was a little unsure if it is a caterpillar at all. Glad we have projectnoah and you guys to help ID 'em! My research has led me to believe that this is an Archduke caterpillar as there are many sightings of Archdukes in the immediate area. And the similarity of the larvae - the 2 white lines running down the length is uncanny.
On leaves. The Yellow Archduke butterfly is relatively common in the nature reserves. Adults are typically sighted on shaded trails and among undergrowth, and are seldom seen in open sunny areas. It is mainly a forest dweller and adults are often seen puddling on damp ground, or feeding on rotting fruits and other organic matter amongst forest litter.
Family: Nymphalidae, Subfamily: Limenitidinae