Subject: Colorful Caterpillars
Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico
October 25, 2013 6:20 am
We saw this cluster of colorful caterpillars hanging on a tree at Coba Mayan Historical Park. Our guide told us they would become ”beautiful butterflies in just a few days.” I’m wondering what they are?
Signature: MS

Caterpillar Aggregation:  Arsenura armida

Caterpillar Aggregation: Arsenura armida

Dear MS,
We have several images in our archives of similar caterpillar aggregations and we have identified them as the caterpillar of a Silkmoth
Arsenura armida, not a butterfly.  Here is an image from Project Noah and a wonderful page with additional information.

Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico

2 Responses to Caterpillar Aggregation from Mexico

  1. Jack says:

    Sorry, but I don not like the picture.

    • bugman says:

      You are entitled to your opinion, however, when we are conducting a critique of visual imagery, we do not allow our students to make statements that they like or dislike something without providing an aesthetic analysis as to why the imagery is liked or disliked. In the opinion of the editorial staff, the photo clearly illustrates the caterpillar aggregation and it enabled the editorial staff to make an identification. On an unrelated matter, you were unable to complete an eight word sentence without any spelling errors.

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