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Erebid Moth Larva

Gonodonta sp.


A wet-looking tar-like larva found starting to feed on the upper side of a leaf. When it perceived that it might be in danger, it began to contract and expand the front part of its body. It progressed in seconds from a larva form to a black lump that resembled some kind of excrement. It was about 2 cm in length, shiny without any projections or hairs and had scattered small spots in white, yellow and red. Family Erebidae (Noctuidae, subfamily Catocalinae).


Forest leaf along the river, Chiflón Waterfall Park, Chiapas, Mexico.


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Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on May 30, 2019
Submitted on Jun 10, 2019

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