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Nettle Caterpillar (Setora nitens, Limacodidae)

Posted by
itchydogimages (Pu'er, China) on 11 November 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Although the moths of this family are not too remarkable in appearance, their larvae are truly stunning. Referred to as either slug caterpillars (for obvious reasons) or stinging nettle caterpillars, I can assure you that the latter name is immensely appropriate. Touch their armory of spines and I can attest to at least 24 hours of intense burning.
(Meizihu Park, Pu'er, Yunnan)

SONY DSC-R1 1/50 second F/16.0 ISO 160 72 mm

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jay from MUMBAI, India


11 Nov 2011 7:36am

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful image.

11 Nov 2011 9:24am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great macro!

11 Nov 2011 12:57pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A fantastic macro - as usually !

11 Nov 2011 4:02pm

ajo from madrid, Spain

Terrific macro!

11 Nov 2011 6:54pm

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

amazing creature! very nice capture!

11 Nov 2011 10:12pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

amazing creature! the clarity and colours are magnificent

15 Nov 2011 7:40pm

1/50 second
ISO 160
72 mm