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Lichen caterpillar

Cyana sp.


13mm moth pupa found on topside of a leaf in secondary Malaysia jungle. Pupa is surrounded by a cage of bristles (possibly remnants of the caterpillar?) Awesome! Pupa is suspended inside this cage of bristles like a hammock by strands of silky strings.


secondary jungle. Malaysia low lying shrubs


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FakawiTribe 5 years ago

Thanks for the mission suggestion, @Ava T-B!
Added to the mission!

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Ava T-B 5 years ago

Please add this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

FakawiTribe 5 years ago

thank you @LisaPowers!

LisaPowers 5 years ago

Terrific spotting!

FakawiTribe 5 years ago

Hi Lauren,
your description of a "basket" helped me narrow down my search on Google.

Finally found the name for this beauty:
It's a moth from the Arctiinae subfamily, from the cyana sp.

thanks so much!!

FakawiTribe 5 years ago

Hi Lauren!
Awesome pics you have!
I found this youtube of a tussock moth recycling its bristles into a similar but denser basket.

LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Hi FakawiTribe, I found something similar to yours in Mexico, the basket is somewhat different, but the pupa is similar. A Geometrid moth had just emerged. (

FakawiTribe 5 years ago

i know of certain tussock moths using their urticating bristles to build a cocoon this way.
This could possibly be a moth pupa.

ID, anyone?

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Selangor, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 31, 2016
Submitted on Aug 1, 2016


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