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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar



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


forest near cultivated land


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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dandoucette 9 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 9 years ago

Yours appears to be an immature version of the first in the series in this link:
and here

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

WOW! Crazy man! Cool dude!

EvaDeDiegoZamarro 9 years ago

really beautiful

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Uau, Dan, MAGNIFIC!!!!

dandoucette 9 years ago

Indeed Viv!

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Very funky!

dandoucette 9 years ago

I added more photos of this caterpillar.

dandoucette 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra and Argybee!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

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

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Very pretty!!

dandoucette 9 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 9 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.

dandoucette 9 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 9 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. . I have bred these out to reveal the cup-like cocoon and the dull adult.
I have not found your exact species.

craigwilliams 9 years ago

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

Dangermouse 9 years ago

Colour fellar! Nice pic. :)

dandoucette 9 years ago

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

SarahWhitt 9 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 9 years ago

That is one awesome-looking caterpillar!

KarenL 9 years ago

Cool looking little guy!

CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

That's awesome!

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云南 Yunnan, Paracel Islands

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

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