What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: Caterpillar
Location: Northern Namibia
January 27, 2014 12:38 am
I need the name of this caterpillar. They are feeding mainly on Accia meliffera .
Signature: Duane Rudman

Giant Silkworm

Marbled Emperor Caterpillar

Hi Duane,
This is either a Western Marbled Emperor, Heniocha dyops, or a closely related species.  We will try checking with Bill Oehlke to verify our identification.  According to Kirby Wolfe:  “That’s what the mirror-like ‘spines’ are for, to break up the light so the caterpillar can hide in the sparse,  Acacia foliage.”

Thank you very much!!!!!

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Namibia

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