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Shag-carpet caterpillar

Tarchon Felderi

Notes:

ok...ready to believe it is a Tarchon Felderi but a variation...those with the black markings and those with plain markings should produce different moth coloration as well...we'll just leave it as a Tarchon Felderi...the national butterfly of Panama...

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25 Comments (1–25)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 7 years ago

Fascinating spotting!

amazing capture Matthew,congrats and thanks for sharing such a awesome spotting page

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 8 years ago

Fascinating!

windmustache
windmustache 9 years ago

Fascinating creature!

AmeliaGuo
AmeliaGuo 9 years ago

AWW so fluffy!

hahaha :D that´s a good one!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 9 years ago

Survival Man: "Hey, look! A piece of ragged red carpet...humans and civilization can't be far!"
Mother Nature:"No way, José! Next human being is 800 Miles away. Good luck."

peter
peter 10 years ago

Congrats Matthew, your caterpillar made spotting of the day!

"Shag-carpet caterpillars have thick coats of red-colored "hair" or setae, interwoven with a white carpet-like pattern"

http://facebook.com/projectnoah/posts/20...
http://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/74...

hookgv
hookgv 10 years ago

Looks like a piece wool...strange world we live in :~)

Christiane
Christiane 10 years ago

Cute..

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

this is a silk moth variety

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

He has quite a disguise!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 10 years ago

What the... I thought this was a plant, or maybe some kind of funky moss. But a caterpillar?! I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed at nature! Fab spot!!!

TammiElisa
TammiElisa 10 years ago

That's a caterpillar? Amazing!

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 10 years ago

Had I not seen it here, I might have thought it was some mysterious kitchen gadget made of rubbery-plastic. I'll bet it fools the birds.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Everyone amazed with nature's special creations..Good show Matthew..!!

peter
peter 10 years ago

I think Carolina's right, check this one out it doesn't have black coloration

http://biodiversityphotography.smugmug.c...

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 10 years ago

I'm not sure, honestly...

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Do you know in what kind of moth it will become?

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 10 years ago

Very possible...thank you.

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Yes you right, it really looks like.
Check this one: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/artour_...
What if yours was missing the black marks, but they appeared later?

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 10 years ago

resembles...the tarchon felderi larva...only this individual had absolutely no black markings...may be a new species or a variation of the tarchon...solidly red and white from every angle...

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 10 years ago

That is insane! I have never seen anything like it! What a spotting!!

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Is that a caterpillar? I saw the thumbnail and I thought it was a plant!

auntnance123
auntnance123 10 years ago

love this little 'pillar.

MatthewKritzer
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MatthewKritzer

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 6, 2011
Submitted on May 6, 2011

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