Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Caterpillars and/or larvae/worms I have photographed over the years. More will be added as we go.

A wet and hairy caterpillar I found one rainy night. Lasiocampidae - Trabala sp.
Hairy (and wet) caterpillar........IMG_0802 copy

Snake-mimic caterpillar? Sphingidae -Eupanacra sp. - ID suggested by Roger Kendrick.  Selangor, Malaysia.
Snake-mimic caterpillar IMG_0618 stk copy

Snake-mimic caterpillar IMG_0611 copy

 Map butterfly larva (Cyrestis sp.) - ID suggested by GC Gan.Cyrestis sp. IMG_1698 copy

Bad hair day.
bad hair day caterpillar IMG_6848 copy

Big Saturniidae caterpillar
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Limacodid caterpillar
IMG_8679 copy Limacotid caterpillar

Another one
IMG_8676 copy Limacotid caterpillar

Limacodidae caterpillars IMG_4072 copy

Caterpillars in Cycloalexy - defensive, circular arrangement.
IMG_8425 copy Caterpillars in Cycloalexy arrangement

An Orthogonius sp. beetle (ID credit: Harald Schillhammer) photobombing a bunch of caterpillars (in cycloalexy arrangement?). The beetle wasn't there when I took the first couple of shots .
Beetle photobombing caterpillars IMG_8765 copy

Two dipteran puparia (singular, puparium) in the cocoon of a Cyana species moth (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae: Lithosiinae). The caterpillar was parasitized by either Tachinidae or Sarcophagidae flies. Info credit: Stoy Hedges, Roberto Pantaleoni, Marcus Ng. Selangor, Malaysia.
Parasitized caterpillar IMG_4548 copy

Burara harisa consobrina, orange awlet caterpillar
IMG_8722b copy Orange Awlet, Burara harisa consobrina caterpillar

IMG_8705 copy Orange Awlet ( Burara harisa consobrina ) caterpillar

Orsotriaena medus caterpillar on a blade of grass, at night.
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Merged from two images.

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Cactuspillar :D
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Camouflage! See how it moves in this clip here.
caterpillar in camouflage IMG_5958 copy

Red head. ID appreciated! 
Hawk moth caterpillar, Sphingidae IMG_5617 copy

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Natural light on tripod.

Caterpillar eating some kind of white pod
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Caterpillar, likely another Lasiocampidae
Caterpillar, likely another Lasiocampidae IMG_7411 copy

Snow white caterpillar. Attacus sp.
Snow white caterpillar. Attacus sp. IMG_7459 copy

Another Attacus sp. caterpillar.
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A parasitoid wasp ovipositing on a autumn leaf butterfly caterpillar
A parasitoid wasp ovipositing on a autumn leaf butterfly caterpillar IMG_7554 copy

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More examples of  parasitoidsim.

Limacodid  caterpillar
Limacodid caterpillar IMG_1434 copy

Beautiful moth caterpillar. Family: Limacodidae.
Beautiful moth caterpillar. Family: Limacodidae.  IMG_6687 copy
Diffuser & Reflector used.

Another Limacodid caterpillar
Colorful Limacodid caterpillar IMG_5197 copy

Dysphania caterpillar
Dysphania caterpillar...IMG_4424c copy


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Thosea vetusta caterpillar
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Hawk moth caterpillar, Sphingid
Hawk moth caterpillar, Sphingid .IMG_0288 merged copy

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A caterpillar with loads of parasitoid wasp cocoons. One of the grubs hatched. You can see the grub squirming in this GIF:
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Another one with parasitoid wasp cocoons
caterpillar with parasitoid wasp cocoonsIMG_2688 merged copy

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This caterpillar fell prey to a Herennia sp. female spider
Female Herennia sp. with caterpillar prey IMG_9754 copy

Jumping spider with prey - a Malays Baron caterpillar
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More tropical spiders here.

Malay Baron caterpillar (Euthalia monina).
Malay Baron caterpillar (Euthalia monina). IMG_6723 copy

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The tail end of the caterpillar i think.
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The front end?
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More jumping spiders.

Calliteara sp. caterpillar (Subfamily: Lymantriinae). ID credit: Franziska Bauer. Selangor, Malaysia.
Caterpillar IMG_3944 copy

Oh Lord....IMG_2382 copy

Papilionidae caterpillar, info credit: Marcus Ng. Selangor, Malaysia.
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This larva fell prey to a potter wasp
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More wasps.

Palmfly caterpillar
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Plain nawab caterpillar
plain nawab caterpillar DSC_1476 web

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I found this cricket eating a caterpillar too.
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The same caterpillar was attacked by a few trap jaw ants!
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More tropical ants.


  1. The red hairy caterpillar above was mistakenly labelled as a Hawk-moth caterpillar. Hawk-moth caterpillars are large and smooth skinned.



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