Subject: Moth larvae group
Location: Chichen Itza, Yucatan
August 1, 2014 1:52 am
Can you identify this group of, what I guess are, moth larvae. These were in full view at the base of a tree at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.
Signature: Bernard Collen
Good morning Bernard,
Though this is behavior that a person with some knowledge of insects might suspect would indicate that these are moth caterpillars, this is actually an aggregation of Ruby Spotted Swallowtail Caterpillars. The Ruby Spotted Swallowtail is a lovely butterfly. This social behavior is likely a survival strategy.
Thanks, Daniel, I am surprised! I had assumed they were moth larvae.
Thanks again for your prompt reply