Photo: Name this tropical caterpillar

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lichen caterpillar

credit: Andreas Kay

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Our photo contributor Andreas Kay, who is exploring the biodiversity of Ecuador, described this creature as a “lichen” caterpillar. A German commenter (thanks Google translate!) suggested that it could be “Christian” caterpillar, because it carries little crosses, or a “Cactus” caterpillar.

Do any of our readers have other suggestions for fun non-scientific names for this cool critter?

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