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.
Then watch more videos from Kay: A tortoise beetle taking off in slow motion and Giant Millipede from the Amazon rainforest.
Read more about these creatures at Wired: It’s Not a Jewel—It’s the World’s Most Stunning Caterpillar.
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