Hawaii Biological Survey’s
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Scientific name: Eupethecia staurophragma
Hawaiian Name: —
Classification: Phylum: Arthropoda. Class: Insecta: Order. Lepidoptera. Family: Geometridae.
Distribution: Big Island.
Insects better be careful around this guy! While caterpillars are normally vegetarians, a few in Hawai‘i have become hungry for meat! They are clever in camouflaging themselves (this one pictured is the same color as the twigs on which it rests). In a flash, they snatch up insects in mid-air and start chomping—this one captured is a picture-winged Drosophila fly. Pretty humiliating to be eaten by a caterpillar.
|Photo © William P. Mull|