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Tussock moth caterpillars

Description:

2 tussock moth caterpillars spotted on the flowering stalk of canna. I wonder if these two are of the same species. What puzzles me is the pair of black fin-like appendages on the bigger caterpillar. Orange colored droppings were strewn on the leaf below.

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7 Comments

starleaf
starleaf 9 years ago

Thank you both for nice comments.

This caterpillar is still chomping away on flower heads of another canna plant. But the smaller one is nowhere to be found.

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Lovely series!

Frank Weaver
Frank Weaver 9 years ago

Really cool colors! The video is a plus! thank you for uploading :-)

starleaf
starleaf 9 years ago

Thanks for commenting. Would like to see further development of the smaller one, but I think it would move on elsewhere as they have almost decimated what's left of the flower heads...

MartinL
MartinL 9 years ago

How spectacular! You may see these again after the small one has molted again to determine if they are the same species. This would be a very interesting experiment.

starleaf
starleaf 9 years ago

Thanks Atul for your nice comments.

Atul
Atul 9 years ago

beautiful spotting and lovely series !

starleaf
Spotted by
starleaf

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 18, 2012

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