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A Rothschildia lebeau Saturniidae caterpillar approximately
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A Rothschildia lebeau (Saturniidae) caterpillar, approximately 40mm in length

June 1, 2010
A Rothschildia lebeau (Saturniidae) caterpillar, approximately 40mm in length and three weeks old. It is near the last growth stage prior to molting into a pupa. This species is among the focal animals being used in a research project at a tropical microbial observatory. The project, "Collaborative Research on Microbial Diversity in Caterpillars," explores the microbial diversity and ecosystem found in the guts of caterpillars who feed on Spondias mombin (Anacardiaceae), the project's focal tree. The target location for the project is Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica, where a National Science Foundation-supported inventory is being taken of caterpillars. The complete inventory is available on-line at