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Io Moth Caterpillar

Automeris io

Description:

about 4" long

Habitat:

rainforest

Notes:

a biologist studying primates at Caratinga spotted this and showed it to me

2 Species ID Suggestions

peter
peter 11 years ago
Io moth caterpillar
Automeris io Automeris io
Caterpiller
Actias luna


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9 Comments

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Carol, keep your eyes out! They must be around your property.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Very cool! I love the spikes. I hope I SPOT this soon. I didn't realize Io was in Brazil. Thanks for sharing the link! The lilac bush seems popular to caterpillars.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

thanks for the ID Peter

peter
peter 11 years ago

Definitely an io moth larva

http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?searc...

AmyPietras
AmyPietras 11 years ago

It is beautiful

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

thanks Yasser. I wonder what it is too. I have loads more photos of strange caterpillars and moths/butterflies

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Cipresillo, is that the local name (spanish name)? thanks for the info, I didn't know that

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 11 years ago

In Costa Rica WE know this as Cipresillo but I have not seen the Moth....it is a very toxic one....Some few birds (The azure hooded Jay) can prey on them

Yasser
Yasser 11 years ago

Another great photo Dan. Definitely not the caterpillar form of the Luna moth as suggested by Edende. I wonder what it is...

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

Caratinga, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 18, 2010
Submitted on Apr 18, 2011

Spotted for Mission

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