Nudaurelia cytherea, pine emperor moth caterpillar

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Habitat: South Africa
Status: Not Listed

The caterpillar of the Pine Emperor Moth (Nudaurelia cytherea) isn’t exactly dressed for a glamorous ball but instead an ugly Christmas sweater party! It’s definitely looking festive with that big, fat, red santa-inspired body dotted with lime green, lemon, and light blue spots. I think the course gray hairs really add an extra touch of ‘ugly’ to the ugly Christmas sweater caterpillar feel, don’t you?

ugly christmas sweater

Lookin’ good my man. Lookin’ real good.