Nolid Moth Caterpillars (Nolidae)
The swollen thorax of these caterpillars is believed to be mimicking unpalatable berries as a deterrent against hungry birds.
Locally these are mass infestation larvae responsible for entire tree defoliation.
Although very common at this time of year, they pose a photographic challenge in that, undisturbed, they adopt regal poses (head and tails raised) individually and as groups, but with the slightest disturbance (and because they usually reside on the underside of leaves) such as moving foliage to catch the best angle, they either flatten out and vomit green fluid which tends to spoil the shot, or they throw themselves into space on a silk thread lifeline to resume their positions when danger has passed.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..