A throw back from my time in Manu, Peru. We started a caterpillar study just before I left, attempting to create a guide, one night a volunteer came up to me.
“There’s loads of caterpillars by the hammocks.” and immediately I said “Show me!” in a weird tone between Batman and an excited 4 year old, because as everyone eventually learns about me… I’m a caterpillar girl!
I did not expect these guys! They are beautiful! I went to check the next morning and found nothing until I looked at the mass of dead leaves in the middle of the palm. I pulled it apart, heard the distinctive noise of silk gently ripping and loads of tiny brown heads! Sleeping off the hot day! :) That poor palm didn’t stand a chance!
I’m not sure on the species. If anyone knows please do let me know. :)