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Caterpillars of the World - Peru
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unidentified moth larva, Rio Madre de Dios, 400m, Peru  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
This caterpillar may look as if it is dead and going mouldy but it was actually very much alive, and was crawling rapidly over the leaves and stems of a small bush deep in the forest. The bits of fluff adhering to the setae are probably the result of an infection by a lethal fungus. When larvae have been infected by fungi their body chemistry is altered and behavioural changes occur. In this case it seems likely that the rapid movement of the larva was an example of how behaviour is altered in an infected host.
Habitats
The larva was found in primary rainforest at 400m on the Rio Madre de Dios in Peru.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult
To be completed.
 
 

 

 

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