While packing to go back from a picnic at a river (sri aman sarawak, borneo island),
my spouce pointed it to me, and said hey look at this cute green caterpillar.
Since it was on a stone, few inches from water, and nearest bush was 4-5 feet away,
i replied, it could not be caterpillar. Must be some sort of mutated slug or leech.
Ha ha ha ! I picked it up and bring back home for closer examination.
Only after i turned it upside down .. i realised it is a caterpillar, and probably drop down from the branches of tree over the river.
I saw 4-5 small (3 cm) yellow butterflies feeding on sand nearby. And i presumed it is theirs.
But then, there were tons of other insects in that jungle too !
Length about 2.5 cm.
Am i correct to say it is a "butterfly" caterpillar ?
This one is a bit tricky because I find a picture of something similar looking and I type the Family into google images and a hundred different things pop up!! haha. Crowned slug moth (Isa textula) was the closest I got.. though this species has longer more bushy 'fronds' and 2 distinct pale lines running down its back. I know some caterpillars 'mature' their appearance as they grow, go green to brown etc. so this could be a younger version.
I hope someone else can get closer.. good luck!
p.s. I am also seeing 'stinging' slug moth and the Family name Lexius. Though these also have longer 'spines' which look more seperated. I'm not being much help here am I??
Thanks ! Whoah ! Really closed .. shaped, color and spines.
I will settle with the answer MOTH's caterpillar.
I keep it in a jar .. and throw in some leaves.
The next morning, i saw it started to weave itself into a cocoon by sticking 2 leaves together.
But few months past alreadi ... i am afraid nothing come out from it.
Huu huu huu ...
Hmm. I wonder if this moth hibernates? maybe it has to wait several seasons, or for an environmental cue.. I am not having much luck finding out the slug moth's lifecycle - just how painful they are if you touch their hairs