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Monkey Slug Caterpillar, Lagarta Aranha(Brazil)

Phobetron hipparchia


This is the most strange creature I have found in my garden. With about 4 cm, immobile, this guy is a caterpillar.


It seems it´s is missing the left back "leg".

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35 Comments (1–25)

Wow. Fascinating.

lori.tas 9 years ago

What an impossible creature. Fantastic spotting.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Organism total ID contains 2 different Categories to eligible this Mission... like here Caterpillar- Arthropods and Monkey- Mammal. Same category total ID is not eligible for this Mission.

Mimetic Animals of the World is made for Organisms have their form match with surroundings alike camouflage.

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Weird, cute and amazing all in one! Great spotting!

rubens.luciano 9 years ago


You mean the "Mimetic Animals of the World" mission ?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Morphed ID Mission is made by many rangers for worldwide users.

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Awesome series !

C.Sydes 9 years ago

that really is amazing, what an exciting spot

nexttogone 9 years ago

Amazing! I would have named it a Sloth Slug. ") Great find and awesome shots!

rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Thanks Ashish,

Due to the Noah rules of local missions, I cannot subscribe to a local mission. Actually, I cannot even find it, as there is no keyword search for them and only the global missions are visible to everybody. I couldn't find "Organism Morph ID Mission" in global missions (which is why I assume it must be part of a local mission), so it's not possible to include this picture there. This restriction make sense, because in local mission we expect to see "local pictures", but sometimes we want to collect data from the same especies around the world, just to see how they adapt to different countries, and that's is not possible...
Anyway, thanks for the suggestion.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome Rubens... Your every shot is a feast to learn about this amazing creature... Wonderful spotting.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Mind blowing!

rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Thanks Ashish. I will include it in the Organism Morph ID Mission.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

This spotting is eligible for Organism Morph ID Mission....

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Lovely spotting Rubens..!!

First time I've seen such creature... Great find Rubens!

Jonathan Guyot
Jonathan Guyot 9 years ago

So strange and so unique !

bayucca 9 years ago

About the "missing leg": It is actually not the real leg but some fleshy and hairy lobes or tubes which are not vital organs for the caterpillar. The would be easily disposed after being touched or threatened.

textless 9 years ago

Wow, really unique!

rubens.luciano 9 years ago

Sergio and Bayucca,
Thank you very much for the ID !

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Rubens, esta é uma lagarta da família Limacodidae:
Rubens, this is a Limacodidae: caterpillar.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow Stunning indeed !

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

Wow! Stunning creature! Can't wait to find out what it is!

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SP, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 17, 2012
Submitted on Mar 17, 2012

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