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Schaus' Tussock Moth Caterpillar

Halysidota schausi


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:


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

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Brian38 2 years ago

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

Irandi Munasinghe
Irandi Munasinghe 2 years ago

Congratulations on SOTW Brian!!

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

Ornithoptera80 2 years ago


Mel11 2 years ago


SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

Congrats Brian!

Brian38 2 years ago

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

Tukup 2 years ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Congratulations Brian.

Jae 2 years ago

Congrats, Brian! Well deserved

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

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

Brian38 2 years ago

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

MichaelS 2 years 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!

Brian38 2 years ago

I added a video showing this strange behavior.

Brian38 2 years ago

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

Machi 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago


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Mission, Texas, United States

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

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