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Cachorrinha

Podalia orsilochus

Description:

The Portuguese name of this caterpillar (puppy dog) refers to its resemblance to Pekingese dogs. In english they are known as puss caterpillars. It is the larval stage of a flannel moth, belonging to the family Megalopygidae. These larvae are known for their venomous spines that can cause a painful sting and inflammation lasting for several days.

Habitat:

A rosebush in the yard of a house, in the outskirts of a small town.

Notes:

Last photo shows its head, under its long hairs.

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2 Comments

Haha, Ava! No, actually all that is writen here is true. But I can't supress people's imagination... ;-)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B a year ago

Is this a political statement?? :)

Sergio Monteiro
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Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 1, 2020
Submitted on Mar 2, 2020

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