This page about Titaea tamerlan has been created by
Bill Oehlke at email@example.com
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Superfamily: Bombycoidea, Latreille, 1802
midi by Mel Webb
In Costa Rica moths are taken in June-July and then again in the fall.
There is no distinguishing of sexes by antennae, but males have slightly more elongate tails than do the females which emit an airbourne pheromone to call in males at night.
Eggs typically incubate for seven to eight days.
First instar larvae are well adorned with protective "spikes", especially long and bifurcate on thoracic segments.
Images courtesy of Dan Janzen.
Colour and patterning change dramatically as these larvae move into subsequent instars.
This second instar larva may have protective camouflage of "bird dropping".
Colours change with each subsequent moult, and now basic green colour prevails. A central yellow dorsal line, suggesting a leaf vein, runs the length of the caterpillar.
Larvae bulk up considerably in final instar where they are without "horns".
Caterpillars will descend trees to pupate in the soil.
There is considerable colour and patterning variation among larvae.
Image courtesy of Angelo Santin.