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Saturniid moth caterpillars

Saturniidae: Hemileucinae: Hemileucini


A bevy of caterpillars with black and white stripes, blue heads and red feet. Approximately 2.5 inches long. Unknown host plant.


Lowland Amazon Rainforest

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Saturniid moth
Saturniidae: Hemileucinae: Hemileucini

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Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

How cool - they look like decorated slinky toys! :>)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

Wow that is sweet to look at. Congrats :)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome sighting! Congratulations AmazonWorkshops!

AmazonWorkshops 10 years ago

@FranziskaBauer. Thanks for the ID suggestion. Any chance you can share a link to a photo of the adult moth?

AmazonWorkshops 10 years ago

Thanks everyone for your notes and suggestions! We are super excited about Amazon Awareness Week on Project Noah and will be posting more photos ASAP now that we are back from Peru!

LaurenZarate 10 years ago

Wonderful caterpillars, love the blue heads. They look right out of Alice in Wonderland! Congratulations on SOTD.

CostaBoyJack 10 years ago


Amazing!! They are so beautiful!!
Congratulations on the Amazon Awareness Week.
I am hoping to run into then here in Costa Rica, that would be awesome!!

rams4d 10 years ago

Impressive !!!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 10 years ago

My goodness! Interesting....

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Must have been an amazing sight- Congratulations !!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

Extraordinary! Congratulations.

Wilson W
Wilson W 10 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago


Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Fabulous photo of these furry caterpillars :-) congratulations on the SOTD

Alabama 10 years ago

All info I've found says that these are beautiful, but POISONOUS. I can't nail down a scientific name, I'm finding them listed as Costa Rican Hairy Caterpillars.

Telse 10 years ago

Wow how beautiful! Congratulations.

Vishal 10 years ago


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Congratulations, very interesting find,

bayucca 10 years ago

Great spotting! Congrats!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 10 years ago

beautiful spotting

KarenL 10 years ago

Congratulations! For day 2 of Amazon Awareness Week we are featuring this bevy of caterpillars with black and white stripes, blue heads and red feet. Amazonian rainforests have unparalleled biodiversity and are home to about 2.5 million insect species – many yet to be documented!

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Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2013

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