SINOBUG

Notodontid Moth Caterpillar (Notodontidae)

The modified rear prolegs of this bizarre caterpillar (possibly Cerura sp.) take the form of twin tails which spin like the tail rotors on a helicopter when the caterpillar feels threatened. This may serve several functions beyond just creating confusion and alarm in a potential predator. They could be mimicking the antennae of a wasp as a deterrent to predation. They might also be used to wave away parasitoid wasps or flies that may be attempting to lay eggs on or in the caterpillar, a genuine concern for many of the local Lepidopteran larvae.

(If you are confused, in the bottom image the head is on the left)

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

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

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    Onde que isso é uma lagarta?!
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    It looks like a high class caterpillar that only tolerates billionaire bugs.
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