Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

The Jewel Caterpillar (Minacraga argentata) of Ecuador

What looks like a tasty gummy sweet is actually a Translucent Jewel Caterpillar from the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. This species is probably Minacraga argentata and belongs to a family of moths known as Dalceridae whose larvae are also called slug caterpillars. They are not poisonous as many other caterpillars, but the yellow glutinous cones will just break off if a predator wants to grab them. Also, their stickiness may protect them from being eaten by hungry insects such as ants.

Watch this small (around half an inch long) jewel caterpillar make its way across a leaf in this beautifully filmed video by physicist, biologist, and photographer Andreas Kay.

jewel caterpillar in ecuador
Read more about these creatures at Wired: It’s Not a Jewel—It’s the World’s Most Stunning Caterpillar.

Then watch more videos from Kay: A tortoise beetle taking off in slow motion and Giant Millipede from the Amazon rainforest.

And this video of the venomous flannel moth caterpillar and Pulsing Slug Moth Caterpillars.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Caterpillar Caravan of pine processionary caterpillars

Rion Nakaya

Pygmy marmosets, the World’s Smallest Monkey

Rion Nakaya

Butterflies that drink turtle tears for the salt content

Rion Nakaya

Pulsing Slug Moth Caterpillars

Rion Nakaya

Studying the oak, caterpillar, great tit food chain

Rion Nakaya

How to Create Your Own Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop

Rion Nakaya

Time lapse of the Life Cycle of the Silkworm

Rion Nakaya

Collecting some 350 fungi specimens in the Ecuadorian Andes

Rion Nakaya

Pop! Hungry caterpillars vs. touch-me-not seed pods

Rion Nakaya