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This is the caterpillar of the Mottled Cup Moth, found in Australia, and raises those little spikes to defend itself and yes they sting.
Indeed Darren, it should be under the waves, thank you for this.
They are the strangest looking things Rob
Simply in awe! As MC Hammer would say ''U Can't Touch This''
Thanks ColtMoony and Mark
Yep same family Colt. Limacodidae.
Looks kinda like a saddle back caterpillar I had a bad encounter with
soooo weird and amazing!!!!Great spotting!!!! :)))
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Amazing looking caterpillar!
never seen anything like that!!
Very neat little caterpillar.
That is pretty cool.
wonderful detail on your spotting
Wow!!!! This is fantastic!!
Woah... This is one wild caterpillar. It almost looks like a nudibranch, imo. I would love to see one in real life.
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.
I think it might be Martin
Darren, this is the end result of your caerpillar.http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...
I love caterpillars. Yours is just so amazing! Great photo!
Thanks DarrenC... you're just up the road so I'm keeping my peepers open a bit more now. Good one.
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.33
Spotted on May 11, 2011 Submitted on May 11, 2011
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