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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 7 years ago
Io moth caterpillar
Automeris io Automeris io
Caterpiller
Actias luna

9 Comments

dandoucette
dandoucette 6 years ago

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

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 6 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.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

thanks for the ID Peter

peter
peter 7 years ago

Definitely an io moth larva

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

AmyPietras
AmyPietras 8 years ago

It is beautiful

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

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

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

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

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 8 years ago

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

Caratinga, Brazil

Lat: -19.79, Long: -42.14

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

Spotted for mission

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