Some insects can be very deceiving. In ways that we may never suspect. Some mimic others to seem poisonous and harmful, when they are actually not. Some just look stunning and beautiful to the eye, when they are actually super ninjas, ready to strike at any time. Today, for the Crazy Insect challenge… I present to you, the Blue-striped Nettle Grub caterpillar.
The Blue-striped Nettle Grub (Parasa lepida) is a beautiful caterpillar yet a malicious pest endemic to East and South-east Asia. Notice the thorns that they on the side.. those can sting really bad. Caterpillars like this hold contact poison on their thorns that can cause itching and burning. They are pests that infest plants like tea, cocoa, palm and fruit trees. These are all home-growing plants, so keep an eye out for these malicious creatures.
Look out for the next CTI on Tanvi’s blog! She’s just been to Kenya, I can’t wait to see her pictures.