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Spitfire Caterpillar

Doratifera vulnerans

Description:

This is the caterpillar of the Mottled Cup Moth, found in Australia, and raises those little spikes to defend itself and yes they sting.

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65 Comments (1–25)

RobThacker
RobThacker 8 years ago

Indeed Darren, it should be under the waves, thank you for this.

DarrenC
DarrenC 8 years ago

They are the strangest looking things Rob

RobThacker
RobThacker 8 years ago

Simply in awe! As MC Hammer would say ''U Can't Touch This''

DarrenC
DarrenC 8 years ago

Thanks ColtMoony and Mark

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Yep same family Colt. Limacodidae.

ColtMooney
ColtMooney 8 years ago

Looks kinda like a saddle back caterpillar I had a bad encounter with

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 9 years ago

soooo weird and amazing!!!!
Great spotting!!!! :)))

tibiprada
tibiprada 9 years ago

♥ ♥ ♥

beastlyvirtues
beastlyvirtues 9 years ago

Awesome!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Fantastic!!!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Amazing looking caterpillar!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Unbelievable!!!

DinDjarin
DinDjarin 10 years ago

BESTIAAAAA!!!!
CHUZOOOOO!!!!
BEAST!!!
WOW!!!!

Ryan21
Ryan21 10 years ago

never seen anything like that!!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Very neat little caterpillar.

discovery3
discovery3 10 years ago

That is pretty cool.

williefromwi
williefromwi 10 years ago

wonderful detail on your spotting

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Wow!!!! This is fantastic!!

Little Rex
Little Rex 10 years ago

Woah... This is one wild caterpillar. It almost looks like a nudibranch, imo. I would love to see one in real life.

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 10 years ago

I really believe the part that you said it stings because I have been stung before by a DEAD one. At least now I learnt that some animals will still be dangerous even though they are dead.

DarrenC
DarrenC 10 years ago

I think it might be Martin

MartinL
MartinL 10 years ago

Darren, this is the end result of your caerpillar.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

I love caterpillars. Yours is just so amazing! Great photo!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks DarrenC... you're just up the road so I'm keeping my peepers open a bit more now. Good one.

David.Ismael
David.Ismael 11 years ago

simply amazing!

DarrenC
Spotted by
DarrenC

Upwey, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on May 11, 2011
Submitted on May 11, 2011

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