fluffy caterpillar (Lymantriidae )
|Copyright: krishnagopal Kodoth (dugulk)
|Date Taken: 2008-09-10|
|Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom|
|Exposure: f/2.7, 1/160 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 6:53|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Thanks to Peter who gave me the ID of the larvae..|
it's the larvae from the moth family of Lymantriidae.
The larvae are also hairy, often with hairs packed in tufts, and in many species the hairs break off very easily and are extremely irritating to the skin (especially members of the genus Euproctis; Schaefer, 1989). This highly effective defence serves the moth throughout its life cycle as the hairs are incorporated into the cocoon, from where they are collected and stored by the emerging adult female at the tip of the abdomen and used to camouflage and protect the eggs as they are laid. In others, the eggs are covered by a froth that soon hardens, or are camouflaged by material the female collects and sticks to them (Schaefer, 1989). In the larvae of some species, hairs are gathered in dense tufts along the back and this gives them the common name of tussocks or tussock moths.
This one was spotted ibviously for it's amazing fluffy dress code :-). Iam not very good in insect ID...but some how i have the feeling after seeing this caterpillar's fluffy coat that i might be a larvae of some good looking moth....but i might be wrong... experts can help by giving the ID..
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