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Is this a larva?

Is this a larva?
Photo Information
Copyright: Aida Ramos (heidi) (78)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix S1
Exposure: f/12.4, 1/120 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 10:46
Viewed: 3985
Points: 12
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Who can help me identifying this animal? I don't even know it name in portuguese...
But I find very interesting what it was doing: he was in a nettle leaf "sewing" it to close it.

Update: Now I know :) this animal name:
Caterpillar - English
Taturana - Brazilian Portuguese
Lagarta - Portuguese

Thanks for your help,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-15 10:58]
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Hello Aida,
Sorry i can't help about the true ID but i can say it's a caterpillar.An you caught it very well.Lighting,colors,details,sharpness and framing are excellent.Welcome on TN:)

Hello Aida,
You are right, this is a larva of Lepidoptera species (= catepillar). I believe this is some species of Nymphalidae but it should be confirm by any of colleagues specializing in butterflies :)
Best regards,

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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-15 11:14]
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Hello Aida,
Very nice colors you have here. I liked the composition and the framing too. The black BG really suits the image.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-15 12:55]
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Hello Aida,
I think this is a young caterpillar of the peacock butterfly
- Nymphalis io
- family: Nymphalidae
In the later stages, caterpillars of Nymphalis io are dark coloured, black with small white dots.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-03-15 19:40]
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Olá Aida
ótima captura desta "taturana".. :)
As cores estão ótimas e os detalhes estão igualmente bons...

Hello Aida,

I'd make it a caterpillar. Nice colours on it. I think you could safely lose some leaf in the compo... Tfs. Greets, Jay

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