Brahmea moth caterpillar

One of the strangest caterpillars. Brahmea caterpillars have extraordinary twisted growths on their backs. In their last instar the caterpillar looses these but keeps the plastic-looking skin. These are the fastest growing caterpillars we know pupating in just 18 days when kept in the heat.

 

Name: Brahmea Caterpillar

Latin: Brahmea hearseyi

Family: Brahmeidae

Origin: India

Food plant: Privet

Brahmea hearseyi moth caterpillar
Brahmea moth