Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Spiny Ca(c)t(us)erpillar!

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While on my search for macro subjects this morning, I spotted what appeared to be a tuft of cactus growing on a leaf!

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On closer investigation, the cactus appeared to have eyes and move as well!

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I soon discovered that it wasn’t a cactus at all.

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It was a caterpillar. I`m not sure whether its a butterfly or a moth larvae, but it certainly is an interesting subject.

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Since it remained stationary, I was able to take my flash off the bracket and adjust the lighting from various angles.

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What appears to be eyes on this caterpillar are actually just spots of black, meant to confuse predators. Its amazing the diversity that nature has to offer.

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as if the spines on it are not scary enough!

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2 comments:

  1. Hi,
    Your spiny green-n-blue moth caterpillar seems to be a limacodidae. Something similar can be seen at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Parasa_pastoralis.jpg
    cheers,
    Kiran Srivastava

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  2. Thanks for this info Kiran.

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