Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar from Sierra Leone

Subject: What’s this bug from Sierra Leone
Location: Sierra Leone
September 11, 2016 12:00 am
Hi Bugman,
I visited a rice farm in Makare, Sierra Leone this week and found this bug crawling around? It looks like something from a cartoon but what is it?
Signature: Jonathan

Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar
Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar

Dear Jonathan,
This is a Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth Caterpillar,
Bunaea alcinoe, and this red form is not as common as a black morph with yellow spikes.  The Caterpillars are edible, and the adult Cabbage Tree Emperor Moth is a beautiful creature.

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