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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar

Limacodidae

Description:

insane looking caterpillar! just over an inch long, lime green body, 8 brown hairlike spike projections, pink stripe down its back, also known as a cup moth

Habitat:

forest near cultivated land

Notes:

I spotted this caterpillar feeding on wild ginger while doing a hike around the Yuangyang rice terraces in southwest Yunnan province.

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22 Comments

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mayra, Eva and Carol, sorry I missed these comments last month. Thanks for those links Nina, I see now what you mean. It hasn't grown out the crazy spikes as those yet. Martin suspected cup moth as well, I should have added the family name back then. Still searching for the genera and species, I didn't see that in the links.

Nina C. Wilde
Nina C. Wilde 10 years ago

Yours appears to be an immature version of the first in the series in this link:
http://www.alyoneed.com/forum/showthread...
and here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/itchydogima...

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

WOW! Crazy man! Cool dude!

EvaDeDiegoZamarro
EvaDeDiegoZamarro 10 years ago

really beautiful

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Uau, Dan, MAGNIFIC!!!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Indeed Viv!

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 10 years ago

Very funky!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

I added more photos of this caterpillar.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Mayra and Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

How did I miss this one! A fascinating little caterpillar. Nice find Dan.

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

Very pretty!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I'm sure there are a lot of species that don't get much attention. It is exciting to see something few have seen. I know I still have some other caterpillars that have remained unidentified.

MartinL
MartinL 11 years ago

Its great to see different ones like this. There must be more species around that don't get noticed or photographed or identified. It's actually rather exciting when I cannot identify a creature like this one.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks martinl. It does look to be a cup-moth. I saw another more similar to the link you provided. I will let you know when I upload it.

MartinL
MartinL 11 years ago

Nice spotting dan. Yours is a cup-moth similar to this link. You can see the four pairs of bristles that correspond to the four pairs of horns, and the lateral bristles. http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/Evo... . I have bred these out to reveal the cup-like cocoon and the dull adult. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/796...
I have not found your exact species.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 11 years ago

What a star, I love him. Looks like he has paintbrush attachments!

Dangermouse
Dangermouse 11 years ago

Colour fellar! Nice pic. :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Thanks everyone. I do see the resemblance to the green oak slug Sarah, but like you said, no exact matches.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 11 years ago

He looks like a "green oak slug" to me, however, I couldn't find his exact type while I was searching.
He's a beauty, btw...

Little Rex
Little Rex 11 years ago

That is one awesome-looking caterpillar!

KarenL
KarenL 11 years ago

Cool looking little guy!

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 11 years ago

That's awesome!

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

云南 Yunnan, Paracel Islands

Spotted on Jan 1, 2012
Submitted on Jan 21, 2012

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