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Rule number one for macrophotography in the field is "CHECK". And then "CHECK AGAIN". This small caterpillar has an unusual shape, and was covered with debris (mostly parts of leaves and stems). These were attached to several hooks that the caterpillar had in the body. Another singular feature of this cat is the series of teeth like protuberances it has in its "neck", three at each side. As I don't know anything about it, I can only wonder if this is a case moth caterpillar that lost its case or if it is another species of moth which also adopts that kind of camo.

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MayraSpringmann 7 years ago


KarenL 7 years ago

Incredible job Sergio!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Fabulous photography of an amazing Caterpillar, Sergio !!

Ursula Fricke
Ursula Fricke 7 years ago

What an amazing series. Makes one wonder what one might have missed already... ;)

RickBohler 7 years ago

I have to say incredible as well...Nice macro!

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Incredible series Sergio! Nature is amazing :-)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Thank you Rieko, obrigado Mayra, gentil como sempre... :-)

MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Incrível Sérgio!

RiekoS 7 years ago

Truly amazing!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Thanks Larry.

LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Awesome spotting Sergio!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

This is amazing!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Thank you Jakubko, Mark and Adarsha.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

There you found something weirdo again :P

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Amazing creature and great shots as usual Sergio.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

However this caterpillar looks a little "spiky" for Geometridae..

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Fantastic! Looks like Geometridae, I do know some North American Geometrinae like to attach debris in this fashion.

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 25, 2013
Submitted on Jun 26, 2013

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