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Harris's Three Spot

Harrisimemna trisignata

Notes:

This caterpillar was feeding on leaves in a winterberry bush ( Ilex verticillata). The second picture is the same caterpillar 2 days after the first picture was taken.



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11 Comments

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Thanks ChiefRedEarth!

Amazing! Amazing!

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

Agreed!

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

staccyh that's what makes nature so wonderful, the mix of weirdness and beauty.

staccyh
staccyh 5 years ago

Really cool and a bit gross all at once! Nice :)

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Sergio, you're right. I just read that they often have earlier shed head capsules adhering to thoracic setae. I photographed it again 2 days later and the head capsules were still attached to the hairs.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Tom, those parts hanging from the cat's hair look like pieces of its old skin. Also, it looks a bit "wet", like a freshly molted cat.

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Thanks Sergio and Leonardo. It wasn't molting, it arches back like that when it thinks there's danger around.

Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro 5 years ago

Unbelievable!!!!! That's a lot of extravagance for me! :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Wow!!! I need to find something like this one!!! I guess it was molting...?

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Martin, this one is an odd looking caterpillar, but being so ugly is what makes it attractive:-)

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

This is UGLY! but the moth is pretty. Its often the other way around

Groton, Massachusetts, USA

Lat: 42.61, Long: -71.57

Spotted on Aug 16, 2013
Submitted on Sep 5, 2013

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