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Hawaii’s Carnivorous Caterpillars

Ok I thought Hawaii’s Stinging Caterpillars were bad… but this one might just top them off!

Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar

Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillar

Whoa!  I’ve never seen one of these close up… but check out these Hawaiian Carnivorous Caterpillars that eat flies!


UPDATE: I just received the following comment on Facebook about the type of caterpillar this is from “Native Hawaii Guide” Warren Costa:

I’ve seen them around Nahuku, (Thurston Lava Tube). According to “Hawaii’s Plants and Animals”, by Charles Stone and Linda Pratt, this is an endemic species to Hawaii. It is called a Predaceous or Grappler Caterpillar, and it is in the genus Eupithecia spp., in the Measuring Worm or Inchworm family, Geometidae.

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