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Subject: Orange caterpillar with black spike-like hairs
Location: Córdoba, Argentina
March 2, 2016 1:41 pm
I would like your help in identifying this species of caterpillar. Has you can see in the photos, is body is bright orange with some sort of clack spikes and little black hair all over the body.
They appeared on a creeper-weed like plant, and seems to be quite the number on them in a small area.
Its summer in here, with days with high temperature and high humidity and rains, so it’s possible the plant and/or the bugs are travelers of these stormy weather.
Thanks a lot for any input in the mater.
Signature: López, Eduardo

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Dear Eduardo,
We have not had any luck finding any matching images online from Argentina, but your caterpillar reminds us of the Polka Dot Wasp Moth Caterpillar or Oleander Caterpillar, Syntomeida epilais, a species found in the Caribbean and in Florida.  We believe your individuals are either members of the same genus, the same subtribe Euchromiina or a member of the Tiger Moth tribe Arctiini, depending upon how closely they are related.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.  Knowing the name of the “creeper-weed” upon which they were feeding might help.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Update:  March 16, 2016
Today we got a comment from Eduardo that included these two images.  Our general identification remains unchanged, and this is most definitely a Wasp Moth in the subtribe Euchromiina.  We will check with Julian Donahue to see if he can provide an identification.

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

Wasp Moth

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Location: Cordoba, Argentina

7 Responses to Tiger Moth Caterpillar from Argentina emerges as Wasp Moth: Eurata igniventris

  1. En el día de ayer encontré la misma oruga cayó de la morera vivo en Río Ceballos Córdoba Argentina

  2. Eduardo Lopez says:

    I captured one and at the next day it started to make a chrysalis. Two weeks lather this moth/butterfly emerged, and it has not much resemblance with the Polka dot wasp moth, so the mystery continues

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_ylsFih84JSDdnbkFYT0lZNlk/view?usp=sharing

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_ylsFih84JeDBmUXVEWnY0Vmc/view?usp=sharing

    • bugman says:

      Thanks for the images Eduardo. These are surely Wasp Moths in the subtribe Euchromiina. We will attempt to provide you with a species identification.

    • LUIS says:

      HOLA EDUARDO
      TE T POR E MAIL. ESTOY INTERESADO EN LAS FOTOS DE LAS ORUGAS PARA UN PROYECTO EDITORIAL. SALUDOS, LUIS VOLKMANN

  3. Amigos : la polilla de abdomen rojo es en mi opinion Eurata igniventris (capturada en Cordoba ) NO MUY FRECUENTE
    DATOS DE MI FICHA
    Nombre Eurata igniventris Burmeister, 1878

    Comun vientre de fuego

    Taxonomia Familia: Erebidae
    Subfamilia: Arctiinae → genus Eurata → especies Eurata igniventris

    Distribucion ARGENTINA

    Descripción

    Larva

    Hospedera
    Cedron Aloisia citriodora

    Plaga

    Sinonimos Eurata igniventris; Hampson, 1898,

    Referencias

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