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Cosmic caterpillar of the Pacific fruit piercing moth

See the universe in the marvelous googly-eyed cosmic caterpillar of the Pacific fruite piercing moth, and you’ll never be the same. 

This dazzling caterpillar is the larva of the common Pacific fruit-piercing moth (Eudocima phalonia) from India. It is truly an alien among us.

The photographer, Arabinda Pal, captured the shot on his smartphone in West Bengal, India. “It is one of the major pests of fruits in Asia,” he said on Instagram. “It causes huge damage to fruit.”

Cosmic caterpillar of the Pacific fruit piercing moth
Photo: Instagram/Arabinda Pal

Amazingly, Pal also snapped a picture of the moth in its advanced larva stage.

Cosmic caterpillar of the Pacific fruit piercing moth
Photo: Instagram/Arabinda Pal

Here’s what the gorgeous little insect looks like as an adult moth. It can even do an incredible leaf mimic.

Fruit Piercing Moth (Eudocima cf. aurantia, Calpinae, Erebidae)
Photo: Flickr/itchydogimages

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