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Schaus' Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Halysidota schausi

Description:

This was interesting ----- I found this tussock moth caterpillar feeding on another one or what was left of the other one. According to Wikipedia, the larvae feed on Cestrum nocturnum (night-blooming jessamine). I wonder if there was the essence of the plant in the caterpillar it was feeding on? Here is a video: https://youtu.be/3Hs0FsAnMyI

Habitat:

Spotted on a tree along a trail through a wooded area at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas.

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18 Comments

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks again, everyone. This was certainly one of those special encounters that was fascinating, to say the least.

i_munasinghe
i_munasinghe 3 months ago

Congratulations on SOTW Brian!!

Awesome find Brian,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 3 months ago

Congrats!

Mel11
Mel11 3 months ago

Congratulations!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Congrats Brian!

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Missed this the first time Brian. Great find. Congratulations on the SOTW.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

Congratulations Brian.

Jae
Jae 3 months ago

Congrats, Brian! Well deserved

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Congratulations, Brian. This is a wonderful SOTW, and such a cool caterpillar. I love that Monday morning look!

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you MichaelS and PN. It's always an honor.

MichaelS
MichaelS 3 months ago

Hi Brian38,

Congratulations, your spotting has been voted Spotting of the Week! The Project Noah community looks forward to seeing your next nature discovery!

https://www.facebook.com/projectnoah/pho...

https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/1...

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

I added a video showing this strange behavior.

Brian38
Brian38 3 months ago

Thank you Machi and PN for the nomination. Thank you, Machi for the information as well.

Machi
Machi 3 months ago

Also, as a side note, I do know some caterpillar species are known to eat their own exuvia after shedding it. I don't know if that is what is happening here, but it is something to look into.

Machi
Machi 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 5 months ago

Wow!

Brian38
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Brian38

Mission, Texas, United States

Spotted on Nov 12, 2020
Submitted on Dec 4, 2020

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