The Jewel Caterpillar. This is the larval stage of the Acraga coa; a fuzzy orange moth native to Mexico. Very little is known about the Jewel Caterpillar, or its adult counterpart . The brilliant color of the spiny protuberances in contrast to the virtually transparent body serve as a warning to would-be predators, just as with many other creatures, since it is slightly toxic.
The spiny protuberances break off very easily, perhaps as a means of defense; allowing the caterpillar to elude their attackers. The only individuals found so far have all been in mangrove forests of South and Central America. The species averages approximately 1.2 inches (3 cm) in length. #ourbreathingplanet