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Peru Thingy unknown?

Observed: 10th May 2007 By: Davehilliard

Aprox 30mmx30mm Symetrical down both sides and mostly transparent. No internal organs visible. No joints on the leg like structures. Equal protutions pointing vertically out of the middle of its back.
This item was photographed by myself on a leaf of an understorey palm in the amazon rainforest Peru, adj to the Tambopata river. It was not moving and we could not decide of it was animal or fungal etc. We wondered if it had fallen out of the canopy. No one had any idea what it was including the resident naturalists and ecologist that were with our group.

  • unk (unk)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Soft Scale Insect (Coccidae)
    Confidence: It might be this.
    Likely ID
    a slug caterpillar (Limacodidae)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


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Unknown thingy

Wonderful thing - no idea what it is! A cluster of eggs or a single organism? Possibly an exuvium (shed skin)?


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Peru Thingy

Hi Dave,

Thanks for your comments, I do not think it was a cluster of eggs. There was a naturalist and an ecologist with our group and we could not put it into a Kingdom let alone an order or family. It has been suggested that it is a puss moth lava but it just does not look right to me, whats more we did not move it nor was it moving. It was just still on the leaf. When we came back later it had gone.
I was never convinced that it was any kind of insect but more like a growth of some kind but it was not attached to the leaf just sitting on it? I have always been puzzled about what it was.

Dave Hilliard

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Spun Glass Caterpillar

Thanks to dshubble above I am now happy that this is a SPUN GLASS CATERPILLAR and not a slug caterpillar.
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

Dave H