Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weird little creature

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What IS this?! Does anyone know its name?

Its head is on the right.
I stepped outside my house and saw it inching its way forward like a worm. Touched it with a twig and it curled up into a ball.
All those leafy-like things are part of the animal (I learned to my surprise)!
So is it a caterpillar, you think?
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All creatures great and small are posted every week at Camera-Critters Sunday. You are invited.

22 comments:

Tom said...

Wow!
I hope someone comes along and knows exactly what this is... alas I don't.. I have been looking on google for anything it might be... but nothing came up anything like this.. Jerusalem as big crickets I found out... but I do not think it is one of them... I thought of a Hermit Crab, and wondered if a caterpillar copied this idea, it would certainly be well hidden in leaf litter. I will keep popping back now to see what this might be.... and if I come up with anything will surely let you know.

Tom

Tom said...

The only thing I have found that comes close to this are Stick and Leaf Insects... 'Leaf insects (Phasmatodea)' is the nearist.

Reader Wil said...

Tom might be right, Dina. It looks very much like a stick insect. Can't you wait and see what it is going to do? And take more photos?
Thanks for your visit and kind comment!

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

What an unusual critter!!! Thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Jedediah said...

I thought of a phasmid, too. Many species will imitate a leaf, I haven't heard of them curling up, though. That is one weird critter.

Jedediah said...

I took a closer look at the photo and I believe it is indeed a caterpillar. It has build itself a shelter from leaves and stuff, many bugs will do that, for example Masked hunters, a true bug species who cover themselves in dust as nymphs, or caddiesflies, who's larvae use small stones, grass or other things they can get to build a tube for themselves.

Babooshka said...

What on earth is that. That really is the weirdest critter I have seen since being a apart of this neme. I have trouble identifying butterflies never mind this little fellow. Or would that be miss.

Teena in Toronto said...

No idea! I thought it was some leaves.

I played too :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Different friend indeed. I do not know and mommy needs her glasses...so!
Happy Camera Critters and a beautiful Sunday as well!
purrs and love
your friend
Luna

Jedediah said...

I may have found it, on a website dedicated to the insect fauna of Israel. The caterpillar in the picture has build its tube from needles or treebark, but I guess that this is your critter The family is also called Bagworms for obvious reasons.

Faye Pekas said...

Whow.. no idea what it is but it is strange. I have seen some strange bugs on tv shows that look like they have leaves on them so I assume its one of those but no idea what they were called.

FA said...

All creatures great and small, indeed. How creative our good God is. I'm glad that you saw it and didn't accidentally step on it!

Snap said...

My goodness! What an interesting looking critter! Is it an alien, do you think??? !!!!!! ;D

nonizamboni said...

Well, you made my day. Its amazing that life as small and unique as this little guy goes on even at our feet.
Thanks for sharing!

Sara said...

Astounding!

Ladynred said...

looks like a caterpillar to me!

chicamom85 said...

I don't know.

licks and sniffs, Sasha
http://chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspot.com/

Tom said...

Looks like Jedediah came up trumps with the ID.... I will be reading up on these sometime this week..
I'm glad you pointed me to this posting... and thank you for your visits and comments over at mine. I still blog daily... if I can but with all the stuff going on I find I do not have as much time for visiting like I did... if I remember correctly we met through Sky Watch... have a great weekend or whats left of it..
Tom

Kay said...

Now that is one of the strangest creatures I've seen in a long time. That's a amazing!

spacedlaw said...

Such a strange creature!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hmm, we have bagworms here as well, but none with as fancy a house as yours has made. Really incredible!

pasadenaadjacent said...

looks like dried bouganvillia petals