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    Default ID: Cat of Moth/BF

    Once again,

    Please help.


    Same host plant as the Semenga Superba

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    Benedict, this one is for mother Roger. Besides simply looking like a moth, note that the caterpillar's cylindrical prolegs appear extended/stretched and have noticeable "shoes", not compact and stubby as is typical for butterfly larvae.

    Keith

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    Thanks a lot! now i know that one host plant could house so many different type of butterfly & moth cats.

    Cheers!

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    Indeed it looks moth like. Not Geometridae, though, as there are four pairs of prolegs (Geometridae have only the first pair). Most likely superfamily placement would be Noctuoidea or Bombycoidea, so that narrows it down to maybe 800 or 900 species!
    Really have to rear out most species still, as a good many are still unknown in the larval stages.

    cheers, Roger.
    Roger C. KENDRICK Ph.D.

    C & R Wildlife, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong S.A.R.
    HK Moths website: http://www.hkmoths.com
    HK Moths Recording Project on i-Naturalist: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/hong-kong-moths
    HK Moths Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/groups/hongkongmoths/

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    Thanks! Guess it's a wait & see approach.

    Cheers!

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