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Ant-mimic caterpillar

Homodes sp

Description:

Caterpillar on a bush with a group of Weaver ants ,and mimicing them.

Habitat:

Garden

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8 Comments

FernandoMSoares
FernandoMSoares 4 years ago

Impressive!

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 4 years ago

Thankyou Roger .

Roger Kendrick
Roger Kendrick 4 years ago

Agree with Homodes.
There are three species in Thailand: H. bracteigutta; H. perilitha & H. vivida (Moths of Thailand 3(2): 96-97), though none has the larva illustrated therein.

Please can you add this observation to the http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/moth... project?
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Paul Davis
Paul Davis 4 years ago

Thankyou everyone for your comments.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Fascinating!!

Machi
Machi 4 years ago

Great mimic and photos!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago




Congratulations Paul! This fantastic ant-mimic caterpillar is our Spotting of the Day!

"The adoption of ant-like characters by other organisms is known as as myrmecomorphy. Myrmecomorphs are mostly spiders but also comprise other groups of insects. Caterpillars in the moth genus Homodes are closely associated with weaver ants, and resemble them in morphology and behavior".

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Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 4 years ago

This is absolutely astonishing! would you please add it to de myrmecomorphy mission?
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/3803...

Paul Davis
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Paul Davis

จังหวัดสงขลา, Thailand

Spotted on Mar 3, 2017
Submitted on Apr 27, 2017

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