This is indeed a “A most bizarre and mysterious cocoon”! A beautiful photo too. I hope someone posts the solution soon…
by Matthew Cobb
This bizarre photo was posted the other day on reddit’s “whatsthisbug” subreddit by Decapod73, with the following information: “Seriously, who makes egg cases like this? Just under 2cm across, Southern Peruvian Amazon”
The various suggestions in the discussion include moth/not moth, harvestman/not harvestman. No one has an answer so far.
Decapod73 says that s/he initially thought it was an ermine moth caterpillar that had started making a cocoon but then got distracted. But then more of the damn things started turning up… Cue creepy music.
Heres one on the underside of a tarpaulin, also by Decapod73 (this was posted a couple of months ago):
So. Ideas anyone? In particular, has anyone from Peru seen this kind of thing before? My guess is a small moth, but I think we need not only an ID, we also need an explanation for the “fencing” – is it to…
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