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Description:

certainly one of the more bizarre insects I saw in the amazon. looks like a caterpillar to me. the first photo is a crop showing a man like face. best to full screen the last 3 pics to see the full insect.

Habitat:

amazon

Notes:

I spotted this in Tupana Aru reserve.

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44 Comments (1–25)

Namizimu
Namizimu 5 years ago

Ooops, sorry Mark, this is Dan. I didn't realize I was signed in under Namizimu. It's okay though, they are new friends I've just gotten to sign into Noah.

Namizimu
Namizimu 5 years ago

Not sure what it is yunseong. Mark, I'd say it was about 8 - 10cm in length.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Guess on the size Dan?

yunseong1
yunseong1 5 years ago

What is that??

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

I think you mean Wow, thanks Mayra!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Www!!!

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks for the input martin. I guess that narrows it down a bit, but I'm still confused as to what it is.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Hey Dan. This is spectacular! Here are my thoughts. This insect is clearly molting. The tough exoskeleton is not typical of an holometabolous species. The well developed legs is not typical of a caterpillar (lepidoptera) or grub (coleoptera) which is going to pupate. One exception is the predatory ladybird beetle http://insect-collector.blogspot.com.au/...

Considering hemimetabolous species such as orthopteran or phasmids, I would expect to see antennae and eyes (which may be tucked underneath). The spiny exoskeleton supports this and I would expect an apterous species since wing buds are absent and the body is spiny. I am not sure how to interpret the cerci.

My guess is a nymph and not a larva.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thanks Sergio and Larry. I still think it's a caterpillar.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Great spotting, Dan!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Probably a dragonfly or damselfly...just throwing it out there.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Alright, Chun is in agreement too! Thanks Caleb and Adarsha.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Fabulous Dan!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

whoa... amazing shots dan!

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

I agree with injica that this looks like something emerging out from it's exoskeleton.

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Thank you everyone for the amazing comments and suggestions. injica - that's what I was thinking too. It's in some kind of transition. I think this was too big to be a tortoise beetle larva, as it was about 2.5" long. I should have mentioned that.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

What a bizarre and amazing creature! I hope we can figure out the identity.

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Dang that's sweet.

Andreas Kay
Andreas Kay 7 years ago

Tortoise beetle larva, Cassidinae?

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

bizarre indeed!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 7 years ago

Wow Dan, really just WOW!!!

injica
injica 7 years ago

maybe everyone noticed that looking it again it looks to me also like it is getting rid of its old skin or something/pupa/larva/whatever, anybody having same allusions?

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Wow, it's almost overwhelming with all these comments. I appreciate it, thanks everyone. As for photos, these are the only ones I have. Lauren I found it on a leaf about waist high in the rainforest. It wasn't doing anything really, not moving much, just there, but I didn't spend much time with it. I didn't see an antennae or any legs for that matter. I think they are underneath this somewhere, out of sight. I normally don't go touching or moving strange insects like this. I wish I had more answers or photos to help.

wonderful... amazing nature.

injica
injica 7 years ago

yes, the picture of its head would help a lot....

dandoucette
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dandoucette

Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Jul 28, 2013

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