SINOBUG

Apr 17

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae)

Cup Moth larvae are often highly ornamented and brightly colored. Two main types can be distinguished: larvae armed with rows of protuberances bearing stinging spines called nettle caterpillars, or non-spined forms where the surface of the larvae may by completely smooth, called gelatine caterpillars. The larvae of this family bear no prolegs on their abdominal segments. The larva attaches itself to the substrate by means of an adhesive ventral surface. The movement is like a slug hence their generic name. 
A stinging slug caterpillar (like this one) generally bears warning colouration and stinging hairs. These hairs can inject a venom from poison sacs carried at their base that are used as defensive weapons. Reactions can range from a mild itching to a very painful sting.  


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae)

Cup Moth larvae are often highly ornamented and brightly colored. Two main types can be distinguished: larvae armed with rows of protuberances bearing stinging spines called nettle caterpillars, or non-spined forms where the surface of the larvae may by completely smooth, called gelatine caterpillars. The larvae of this family bear no prolegs on their abdominal segments. The larva attaches itself to the substrate by means of an adhesive ventral surface. The movement is like a slug hence their generic name.
A stinging slug caterpillar (like this one) generally bears warning colouration and stinging hairs. These hairs can inject a venom from poison sacs carried at their base that are used as defensive weapons. Reactions can range from a mild itching to a very painful sting.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) "Yellow Devil"



by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Apr 16

Cup Moth (Mahanta sp., Limacodidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Cup Moth (Mahanta sp., Limacodidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia)

The sunbasking nature of these dragonflies makes them very visible - they practically glow amidst greenery. Put them amongst autumn and winter leaf litter however, and they practically disappear.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Fulvous Forest Skimmer (Neurothemis fulvia)

The sunbasking nature of these dragonflies makes them very visible - they practically glow amidst greenery. Put them amongst autumn and winter leaf litter however, and they practically disappear.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Limacodidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Limacodidae)

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Limacodidae) "Chameleon"

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr photostream, HERE.

Apr 15

Praying Mantis (Statilia nemoralis), female

The identifying feature of this mantis species is the black and white “eye” on the inside of the forelimb.



by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Praying Mantis (Statilia nemoralis), female

The identifying feature of this mantis species is the black and white “eye” on the inside of the forelimb.

Praying Mantis (Statilia nemoralis)

Praying Mantis (Statilia nemoralis)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Robber Fly (Asilidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Robber Fly (Asilidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Chloephorinae, Nolidae)

The swollen thorax of these caterpillars is believed to be mimicking unpalatable berries as a deterrent against hungry birds. 
Locally these are mass infestation larvae responsible for entire tree defoliation.

Although very common at this time of year, they pose a photographic challenge in that, undisturbed (and if not eating), they adopt regal poses (head and tails raised) individually and as groups. The slightest disturbance (and because they usually reside on the underside of leaves) such as moving foliage to catch the best angle, they either flatten out and vomit green fluid which tends to spoil the shot, or they throw themselves into space on a silk thread lifeline to resume their positions when danger has passed.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Chloephorinae, Nolidae)

The swollen thorax of these caterpillars is believed to be mimicking unpalatable berries as a deterrent against hungry birds. Locally these are mass infestation larvae responsible for entire tree defoliation.

Although very common at this time of year, they pose a photographic challenge in that, undisturbed (and if not eating), they adopt regal poses (head and tails raised) individually and as groups. The slightest disturbance (and because they usually reside on the underside of leaves) such as moving foliage to catch the best angle, they either flatten out and vomit green fluid which tends to spoil the shot, or they throw themselves into space on a silk thread lifeline to resume their positions when danger has passed.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..

Apr 14

Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Long-Banded Silverline (Spindasis lohita, Lycaenidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae) 


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae, Nymphalidae)

Common Treebrown (Lethe rohria, Satyrinae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

Wandering Glider (Pantala flavescens)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Apr 13

Geometrid Moth (Ennominae, Geometridae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Geometrid Moth (Ennominae, Geometridae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Longhorn Beetle (Chloridolum sp., Cerambycinae, Cerambycidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Longhorn Beetle (Chloridolum sp., Cerambycinae, Cerambycidae)

Longhorn Beetle (Chloridolum sp., Cerambycinae, Cerambycidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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LAW OF THE JUNGLE no.22 - Don’t mess with butterflies named Judy
Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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LAW OF THE JUNGLE no.22 - Don’t mess with butterflies named Judy

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

Tailed Judy (Abisara neophron, Riodinidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Apr 12

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Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha sanctaecrucis, Cassidinae, Chrysomelidae)


by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha sanctaecrucis, Cassidinae, Chrysomelidae)

Tortoise Beetle (Aspidomorpha sanctaecrucis, Cassidinae, Chrysomelidae)

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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