josh By: josh

bristling

Cup Moth

thanks to duckforcover for identifying what species she is :)

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  • duckforcover 7y

    Hi there, just wondering what country you took this image?
    Looks like a cup moth, in Australia we have a look a like seen on this web page.
    www-staff.mcs.uts.edu.au/~don/larvae/lima/limacodidae.html
    Great macro image, would not like to touch those spines, they look nasty.
  • josh 7y

    hi dfc, thanks for the link!!! very informative! the final moth looks quite plain for such a beautiful caterpillar!

    i took the shot during a hike in the mountains of wuyishan in southern china. i was pretty surprised when i found her; thought the pollution would have already killed any wildlife worth taking a picture of ;)

    yep the spines looked nasty indeed. used a twig to gently move away the leaves blocking my shot, then moved the leaves back over her to hide her... we chinese have been known to eat just about anything
  • duckforcover 7y

    It is indeed a beautiful caterpillar, the colour is amazing for a moth. As for pollution, we on this planet have to all change our ways and look after mother earth.
  • crafty1tutu (Ann) 7y

    What a gorgeous coloured caterpillar - it makes my mottled cup moth caterpillar look downright plain.
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Taken on October 27, 2007
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