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Old Mar 20, 2007, 9:04 AM   #11
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Well, someone in dpreview pointed out the ID:

http://linus.socs.uts.edu.au/~don/la...ato/bract.html

Homodes bracteigutta (Walker, 1862)

I think it is THE caterpillar.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 11:37 AM   #12
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Are you sure, Tan? I saw this yesterday, that's why I wrote I saw similar ones, but this lacks the bulb like protrusions in the front and back. The body texture in this sample is clearly segmented as in a centipede but your fellow is quite smooth. Igave up trying yesterday, but looks like I will have to try again. Sorry if I doused your euphoria.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 4:39 PM   #13
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Talk about WIERD! INCREDIBLE shots - the detail is amazing! Look forward to your finding out what it is and telling us about it.
Thanks for posting.
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Old Mar 20, 2007, 9:40 PM   #14
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Tan, I agree. This is a wierd looking creature. He has two heads it appears. Maybe you have discoveed a new species. Wonder if you had put it in a jar with a branch and leaves, if it would have survive until you could have had some positive ID.

I think Raghu is right, it does not look exactly like the one in the photo in his post.
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 11:47 AM   #15
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Ah drats....now that Raghu mentioned the segmented parts, I can see the difference. Thanks Raghu!

Well, the behaviour described is quite similar so I thought it was IT.

Now it makes me really curious to find out the ID.....:lol:
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 1:29 PM   #16
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Hi Tan,

I asked some local experts, they don't know this creature.

But I love the images!!!

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Old Mar 21, 2007, 6:16 PM   #17
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I am surprised, no one mentioned it yet...These are two animals getting sex !!! seriously, it very common you know...I remember seing many like these on my youth on my garden.

oh , Great shot as usual !
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I am surprised, no one mentioned it yet...These are two animals getting sex !!! seriously, it very common you know...I remember seing many like these on my youth on my garden.

oh , Great shot as usual !
Well if that's so, that wouldbe called sex fusion !!
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Ah, and I remember also that If you see how dragonfly's do it, you will se that they do it in a similar way
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 9:18 PM   #20
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Tan, this curiosity fever is making me sleepless too. There is a site www.bugsguide.net, elaborately featuringall creatures- 155 pages for caterpillars alone,with about 15/20 per page. It took two hours for me to browse all, but couldn't find a match. May be I missed, I can't say. You can also try there. My doubt is, if this has not been featured anywhere in the internet, may be this is a new species, or may be still, caterpillars are still evolving. I think you should check with a zoologist.
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