Location: Central Brazil
January 4, 2014 5:53 am
What is this guy? We found him in our garage and have not seen this type before.
Signature: Bug Boys
Dear Bug Boys,
We had this pegged as the caterpillar of a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae, and when we searched for possible matches, we learned it is a Ruddy Daggerwing Caterpillar because of a matching photo on Butterfly Fun Facts. We verified that identification on BugGuide, and according to the information page on BugGuide: “Larvae feed on fig, Ficus species. In Florida this is likely to be Strangler Fig, Ficus aurea.” We are deducing that you must have a nearby Ficus plant. Butterflies of America, which pictures the adult Ruddy Daggerwing, confirms that this species is found in Brazil.
Wow, thanks! You are right. We do have some Ficus around. You are my boys new favorite website.
You are very welcome Bridget. Though we have a significant number of Brazilian species on our site, most of our archives is made up of North American and Australian insects. You might also want to look at Cesar Crash’s Insetologia website which is patterned on our format. Cesar is a frequent contributor to What’s That Bug? and his site will most likely have more local species for you.