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Moth,Caterpillar of Parasa joanae

Parasa joanae, Limacodidae


On the leaf of a Ginger torch, Etlingera elatior ID through www.inaturalist on my observations. That are still ongoing because nobody is sure what Parasa species it is....? but it is a member of Slug Caterpillar Moths....


Gallery Forest. 900 Meters-3000 feet above sea level, next to Tanaca National Park, a Pasture , and in a Garden with Endemic trees, plants and flowers of Costa Rica.

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Beautiful series Gilma,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Congratulations, Gilma!

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Congratulations Gilma, a real beauty!

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 4 years ago

Congratulations, Gilma! Your spotting was selected as the spotting of the day in anticipation of National Moth Week!

Today’s spotting of the day is a stunning slug moth caterpillar (Parasa joanae)!
We are only two weeks out from National Moth Week 2019! National Moth Week is a global citizen science project aimed at promoting the importance of moths and their beauty. Join us July 20-28 by hosting or attending a moth night (public or private)!
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Slug moth caterpillar:

Irandi Munasinghe
Irandi Munasinghe 5 years ago

Wow, love those colours!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 5 years ago

Cool spotting, Gilma. Which is the north end and which is the south? That is such an amazing caterpillar!

Alfaro, Provincia Alajuela, Costa Rica

Spotted on Nov 12, 2017
Submitted on Sep 30, 2018

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