What on earth is this thing?

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What on earth is this thing?

Post by dcsharp » Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:45 pm

It is hard to describe without sending a photo. Insect is blue with orange spots (almost) around its edges, it has 6 legs I think that appear to be at the extreme end of its body which is almost shield shaped with what appears to be a large Proboscis or stinger.

This thing was found in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand but I cannot identify it anywhere on the internet and no one can tell me what it is, in all honesty it looks like something out of a bad sci fi movie.
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Post by dcsharp » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:10 pm

Any ideas?

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Re: What on earth is this thing?

Post by Amun » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:44 am

It's hard to tell unless you look very closely, but it is actually some type of butterfly or moth (pretty sure it's a moth). It looks like you caught it just after it emerged from its cocoon, so its wings are not fully expanded yet. I'm not sure exactly which species, but it looks like it belongs to the Tiger Moth family. We have moths like this in North America with the same iridescent blue and orange coloration.

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Post by mcar » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:30 am

Would it be a beetle? I am thinking if it is a kind or a type of.
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Post by sheep94 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:31 am

Maybe it is an alien......
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Post by mcar » Sat Mar 07, 2009 2:47 am

Unless it is a rod/s... I don't think so.
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Post by Icemaiden » Sat May 16, 2009 6:55 am

I think...It's a moth....sort of.
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Re: What on earth is this thing?

Post by alaw » Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:03 am

This seems to be cebysa leucotelus. The female of the Australian Bagmoth.

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