Colorful caterpillar of a Lappet moth from Ecuador

EcuadorMegadiversoPublished: January 11, 2018Updated: January 12, 201861 views
Published: January 11, 2018Updated: January 12, 2018

This hairy and brightly coloured caterpillar of a Lappet moth (Lasiocampidae) was filmed in the cloud forest near Mindo, Ecuador. The adult moths of Lasiocampidae do not feed and therefore live for one or two weeks only.
There are about 3500 species of butterflies and perhaps 10000 of moths in Ecuador, which is one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth.

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