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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 6 years ago

Fascinating spotting!

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

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Fascinating!

windmustache
windmustache 8 years ago

Fascinating creature!

AmeliaGuo
AmeliaGuo 8 years ago

AWW so fluffy!

hahaha :D that´s a good one!

LarsKorb
LarsKorb 8 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 9 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 9 years ago

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

Christiane
Christiane 9 years ago

Cute..

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

this is a silk moth variety

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

He has quite a disguise!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 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 9 years ago

That's a caterpillar? Amazing!

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 9 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 9 years ago

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

peter
peter 9 years ago

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

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

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 9 years ago

I'm not sure, honestly...

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

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

MatthewKritzer
MatthewKritzer 9 years ago

Very possible...thank you.

Carolina
Carolina 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

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

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

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

auntnance123
auntnance123 9 years ago

love this little 'pillar.

MatthewKritzer
Spotted by
MatthewKritzer

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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

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