Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth, Mahanta sp., Limacodidae)
Mid-instar (above) and late instar (below)……
Cup Moths (Limacodidae) are remarkable not only for their startling larvae but for their pupae as well, from which they derive their name. The final instar caterpillars construct a cup-shaped silk cocoon and harden it with calcium oxalate. Cocoons have a circular escape hatch, formed from a line of weakness in the silk matrix. It is forced open by the pupa just prior to emergence of the adult.
This is the adult moth of this caterpillar (Mahanta sp.)…..
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
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