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Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”
View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my photostream, HERE.

You will notice I have given each individual a descriptive superhero-style name in the title of the image. The Setora genus have several colour variations - “Red Devil”, “Yellow Devil" and "Green Devil”. This is for my own reference mainly because practically none of these caterpillars are identified (maybe even ever formally) and this will allow me to group the growing number of images I have into their like-kinds including the various instars I have captured. 


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

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

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Setora sp., Limacodidae) “Green Devil”

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

You will notice I have given each individual a descriptive superhero-style name in the title of the image. The Setora genus have several colour variations - “Red Devil”, “Yellow Devil" and "Green Devil”. This is for my own reference mainly because practically none of these caterpillars are identified (maybe even ever formally) and this will allow me to group the growing number of images I have into their like-kinds including the various instars I have captured.

THE VIEW FROM ABOVE

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

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

Shield Bugs (Dalpada sp., Pentatomidae)


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

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Shield Bugs (Dalpada sp., Pentatomidae)

An Amazing Leaf (with a bug on it)

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

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)
(attracted to MV night light and keen to leave)


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

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

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)
(attracted to MV night light and keen to leave)

Longhorn Beetle (Aristobia voeti, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

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

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

Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)


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

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

Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)

Limacodid Cup Moth (Demonarosa rufotessellata, Limacodidae)

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

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

SINOBUG Daily Photoblog


Every day for the past THREE years (1096 days and counting), I have posted an image on my Sinobug daily photoblog on Aminus3.


Click HERE to see today’s entry

or

HERE to browse the multitude of past postings.


The Usual Suspects

by Sinobug (itchydogimages)
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE……
Mid-instar Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)
Late Instar Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia)(below)


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

See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..

Mid-instar Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)

Late Instar Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Chalcosiine Day-Flying Moth Caterpillars (Cyclosia midamia, Zygaenidae)

Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia)(below)

Zygaenid Day-Flying Moth (Cyclosia midamia, Chalcosiinae, Zygaenidae)

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

See more Chinese butterflies and moths, pupae and their larvae on my Flickr site HERE…..

Lady Beetle (Harmonia sp., Coccinellidae)

Although cannibalism of eggs by Coccinellid larva (in fact amongst and between all hungry Coccinellid life stages) is well-recognized and researched (this occurs typically when prey sources are limited in quality and quantity, or as an intentional means of boosting survival probability for first hatchings where egg clustering occurs), less is known about egg cannibalism and predation by adult Coccinellidae. What is apparent (maybe because they are an easier genus to study and very common), is that the Harmonia genus seems to be very adept at cannibalism at all stages of life both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Cannibalism of other Coccinellid species is significant where Harmonia occur as an invasive species (i.e. everywhere outside of Asia) and where they are overwhelming native species.

Certainly, nutritional stress and interspecies competition are logical reasons for egg cannibalism by adult beetles, but it is also proposed that females lay fertile and trophic (infertile) eggs. The purpose of the unviable trophic eggs is purely for the nutritional benefit of the female and not a failure of the reproductive process, and not a phenomenon restricted to lady beetles. So, in fact, the consumption of Coccinellid eggs by adult beetles is not an act of cannibalism in these circumstances, but an intentional  behavior aimed at supplementing nutrition.

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

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

Lady Beetle (Harmonia sp., Coccinellidae)

Although cannibalism of eggs by Coccinellid larva (in fact amongst and between all hungry Coccinellid life stages) is well-recognized and researched (this occurs typically when prey sources are limited in quality and quantity, or as an intentional means of boosting survival probability for first hatchings where egg clustering occurs), less is known about egg cannibalism and predation by adult Coccinellidae. What is apparent (maybe because they are an easier genus to study and very common), is that the Harmonia genus seems to be very adept at cannibalism at all stages of life both intra-specifically and inter-specifically. Cannibalism of other Coccinellid species is significant where Harmonia occur as an invasive species (i.e. everywhere outside of Asia) and where they are overwhelming native species.

Certainly, nutritional stress and interspecies competition are logical reasons for egg cannibalism by adult beetles, but it is also proposed that females lay fertile and trophic (infertile) eggs. The purpose of the unviable trophic eggs is purely for the nutritional benefit of the female and not a failure of the reproductive process, and not a phenomenon restricted to lady beetles. So, in fact, the consumption of Coccinellid eggs by adult beetles is not an act of cannibalism in these circumstances, but an intentional behavior aimed at supplementing nutrition.

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

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

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)


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

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

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)

Prominent Moth (Neopheosia fasciata, Notodontidae)

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

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

Longhorn Beetle (Monochamus guerryi, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)


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

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

Longhorn Beetle (Monochamus guerryi, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

Longhorn Beetle (Monochamus guerryi, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae)

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

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

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)


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

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

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

Grey Count (Tanaecia lepidea, Nymphalidae)

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

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

Monkey Moth (Eupterote sp., Eupterotidae)

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

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

Monkey Moth (Eupterote sp., Eupterotidae)

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

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

Assassin Bug (Endochus sp., Reduviidae)

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

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Assassin Bug (Endochus sp., Reduviidae)

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

See more Chinese true bugs and hoppers on my Flickr site HERE…..

Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

On this night out in the Pu’er hills with the MV light, I was visited by not one, but two, female Moon Moths simultaneously. It was getting late and was starting to drizzle rain, so I had already packed up the camera and dismantled my sheet leaving the light on so I could see what I was doing.

Typical of the Saturniids, they are erratic flyers and crash and flap frantically where ever they land which is why it can be difficult to find a pristine specimen in the wild unless it has just emerged from pupation (or you raise them in captivity).

These moths are too big to photograph using my usual macro setup, so I had to unpack and disassemble my camera in the rain to get these shots.

Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)

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

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

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)


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

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

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

Female Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte, Theclinae, Lycaenidae)

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

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