Giant Silkworm Moth Caterpillar (Lonomia obliqua) front view This photo of the so-called "Assassin Caterpillar" shows the proportions of the enormous spikes compared to the head. With the bug only inches away from my head, I realize back then that it was deadly. Ignorance is bliss :) Amazon,Brazil,Caterpillar,Geotagged,Giant Silkworm Moth,Insects,Lonomia obliqua,Moth Click/tap to enlarge Species intro

Giant Silkworm Moth Caterpillar (Lonomia obliqua) front view

This photo of the so-called "Assassin Caterpillar" shows the proportions of the enormous spikes compared to the head. With the bug only inches away from my head, I realize back then that it was deadly. Ignorance is bliss :)

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  1. wow. a very interesting being. Posted 5 months ago

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''Lonomia obliqua'' is a species of Saturniid moths from South America. It's famous for its larvae form, rather than the adult moth, for several reasons. Recently announced in an episode of the Discovery Channel, known as the “assassin caterpillar,” this caterpillar has a spine-covered back filled with venom, and has been responsible for several deaths, especially in southern Brazil. This caterpillar has also been in numerous medical studies.

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Uploaded Dec 30, 2011. Captured Sep 9, 2011 15:32 in R. Um, 71 - Puraquequara, Manaus - Amazonas, Brazil.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/11.0
  • 1/500s
  • ISO1600
  • 105mm