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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Does anyone know what this is?

This is not a competition, whereby we sit back smugly and already know the answer. This has got us beat too. The image was posted on Usenet this morning with the only comment being that it was found behind a bathroom mirror in a North Somerset house.

It is presumably dead. But what the heck is it???


stormwalkernz said...

its a Bead insect made out of decorative beads, my daughter used to make them all the time.
Lovely little momentos.

Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

It looks like the larva of something like a dragonfly or mayfly which has died halfway through moulting; probably not one of these exactly since they're aquatic, but certainly an insect which doesn't have a caterpillar or maggot-like larval state.

Rosel said...

Whip scorpion shedding?


Max Blake said...

It is something halfway through ecdysis, the pigment is only on one half of the body which gives this away. It is an insect (3 pairs of limbs), and from the incomplete metamorphosis group. Being any more specific than this is hard!