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Mimicry.. It mimics dead leaf part and also when threatened it will behave like an Black Ant...<br />
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The caterpillar features spindly forelegs and a swollen abdomen that curves up at the end, resembling a lobster tail. If the Lobster Moth Caterpillar is provoked, it spreads its front legs and arches its head back, possibly spraying formic acid. As an adult moth, it simply flies away.<br />
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Notodontid larvae are notable for their often bizarre shapes, and some have chemical defenses (cyanic acid, formic acid, and other ketones: Blum, 1981) not commonly found in other Lepidoptera (Weller 1992). Schizura unicornis and S. badia have a mixture of formic acid, acetic acid and other compounds which they spray accurately at their attacker (Attygalle et al., 1993). <br />
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Mimicry..

It mimics dead leaf part and also when threatened it will behave like an Black Ant...

The caterpillar features spindly forelegs and a swollen abdomen that curves up at the end, resembling a lobster tail. If the Lobster Moth Caterpillar is provoked, it spreads its front legs and arches its head back, possibly spraying formic acid. As an adult moth, it simply flies away.

Notodontid larvae are notable for their often bizarre shapes, and some have chemical defenses (cyanic acid, formic acid, and other ketones: Blum, 1981) not commonly found in other Lepidoptera (Weller 1992). Schizura unicornis and S. badia have a mixture of formic acid, acetic acid and other compounds which they spray accurately at their attacker (Attygalle et al., 1993).

Exif: F/16__ISO:250__Exposure: 1/160__pop-out
flash: -0.7 e.v. ____

    comments (8)

  1. Wow! Super clear picture. Very nice indeed! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Stuart NathanielStuart Nathaniel :-) Posted 4 years ago
  2. Bizarre! And if there's something we love around here, it is bizarre creatures. Top post! Posted 4 years ago
    1. hahah yeah!!!
      Thanks :-)
      Posted 4 years ago
  3. Good grief, what an incredible looking thing, great photo too! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire HamiltonClaire Hamilton :-)
      Posted 4 years ago
  4. Lovely!! I got to see around 10 individuals, that had devoured every leaf on a plant!!
    The next day they were no where to be seen. Don't know where they disappeared!!
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. hahahah same happened with me too.. ;-) Posted 3 years ago

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The lobster moth , also known as lobster prominent, is a moth from the family Notodontidae.The English name refers to the crustacean-like appearance of the caterpillar.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
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Uploaded Aug 18, 2015. Captured Aug 9, 2015 16:10 in Karnala Foot Path, Maharashtra 410207, India.
  • NIKON D5200
  • f/16.0
  • 2s
  • ISO250
  • 185mm