Revised New Vietnemiese Caterpillar question.

Roger C. KENDRICK kendrick at
Wed Aug 4 06:02:29 EDT 1999

Hi Kevin,

As Doug noted, this species belongs to the Limacodidae. I've illustrated adults of
the genus Phlossa (closely allied to, but usually a little smaller than, Setora) on
the Limacodidae ( list from the
Hong Kong Lepidopterists' Soc. website.
For reference, Cock, M.J.W., Godfray, H.C.J. & Holloway, J.D. (eds.) 1987. Slug and
    Caterpillars: The Biology, Taxonomy and Control of the Limacodidae of Economic
Importance on
    Palms in South-east Asia. CIE, London

Hope this helps,


Kevin Paul Szoke wrote:

>   >  I recently purchased a National Geographic for June 1999, and there was an
> >article on Vietnemiese animals.  There was an image of a BRIGHTLY colored
> >caterpillar (not specified as being Moth or Butterfly) called a "Slug
> >Caterpillar."  It is a soft caterpillar with orange base-color, neon yellow
> >spots rimed with black on the top and red streaks with black borders on the
> >sides.  It has thick tentacles with MANY spines on them.  Does anyone know
> >what
> >kind of caterpillar this is?  If you could, could you E- mail me a website
> >with
> >images, info on this and related species?  Thank you.
> >
> >K. Szoke
> >
>   After looking back at the pic, I found a caption (I thaught the sidebar was
> the caption) and found the added info:  Slug Caterpillar:  Setora fletcheri.
> Does this help?
> K. Szoke

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