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Moth: Cycad looper

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Moth: Cycad looper

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:48 am

Hi

For some reason my wife refused to pick up the phone :lol:

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For starters, the Nokia E50 is life size! That's one hell of a nunu.
Does anyone know what kind of this larvae this is?
It was seen crossing the road at Ithala.

I think from the tiny eyes, it may be something that may normally be found underground.

Would love to see the moth/ butterfly.

Peter

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Re: Honey, please answer the phone!

Unread postby vanalder » Mon Dec 22, 2008 5:09 pm

DID she pick it up, Adrian?

Could try this website if specify South-Africa in the description you enter.

http://www.whatsthatbug.com/

Even w/o a name, it's quite pretty.

Daan

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Re: Honey, please answer the phone!

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Dec 22, 2008 10:21 pm

I had a look through a few books but could not find this specific larvae. Not strange ... if you take in to account the amazing variety of insects we have in this country and the world!

It looks similar to the larvae of the Cycad looper. This is a moth of which the larvae feed on cycads.

No, I do not think this larvae is adapted for life underground. And even the colour tells you this is an insect that is active during the day.

What is interesting is having a look at the colouring. This is what is called aposematic colouration. The bright yellow, black and red colouration is the opposite of camouflage. It shouts at a potential predator, giving the message: "I am dangerous!" Many insects with this colouration are indeed poisonous or can defend themselves with some kind of chemical defence. Other again, just mimic these danger signals as a deception strategy.
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Re: Honey, please answer the phone!

Unread postby adrianp » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:32 am

Thanks for the info on the colours. I would love to see the moth/butterfly of this beast. It would have to be at least the size of a small bat or bird.

I will try the bug site. To see what they say!

Peter


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