Biology Forum Zoology Discussion What on earth is this thing?

last updated by alaw 15 years ago
6 voices
7 replies
  • Author
    Posts
    • #10988
      dcsharp
      Participant

      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.


      Attachments:

    • #89435
      dcsharp
      Participant

      Any ideas?

    • #89438
      Amun
      Participant

      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.

    • #89510
      mcar
      Participant

      Would it be a beetle? I am thinking if it is a kind or a type of.

    • #89511
      sheep94
      Participant

      Maybe it is an alien……
      haha….

    • #89530
      mcar
      Participant

      Unless it is a rod/s… I don’t think so.

    • #90806
      Icemaiden
      Participant

      I think…It’s a moth….sort of.

    • #91825
      alaw
      Participant

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

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Members