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Tales from the Rainforest

Purple “Donald Trump” Caterpillar Spotted at the Tambopata Research Center

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM / by Aaron Pomerantz posted in caterpillar, Donald Trump, Donald trump caterpillar

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It’s not something your cat coughed up. And no, it’s not really Donald Trump’s hair. It’s actually a caterpillar that sports a toupée of highly toxic venom-tipped spines. Also known as the puss caterpillar or flannel moth, this neotropical species belongs to the family Megalopygidae. Jeff and Phil reported on an interesting yellow larva a couple of years ago near the Posada Amazonas Lodge. We spotted this furry purple beauty in December 2014 near the Tambopata Research Center on a day hike and had to stop for a mini photo shoot.

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Posada Amazonas Lodge: Home of the Donald Trump Caterpillar

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 26, 2012 8:00:00 PM / by Phil Torres posted in caterpillar, painful sting, moth larvae, Posada Amazonas, hairy caterpillar, Donald trump caterpillar

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