Monday Night Mystery

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This little guy can try to hide under a camouflage of collected floral debris, but that won’t keep it safe from the Monday Mystery competition:

What is it?

All ten Myrmecos points will go to the first person who correctly guesses the Genus and species.

The cumulative points winner for the month of July will win their choice of 1) any 8×10-sized print from my photo galleries, or 2) a guest post here on Myrmecos.

Good luck!

10 thoughts on “Monday Night Mystery”

  1. I guess from the number of legs/prolegs and that gait we’re looking at geometrid (‘inchworm’ or ‘looper’) caterpillar. I don’t know the first thing about N. American moths, but googling around finds a paper on Synchlora aerata using bits of composite flowers [pdf] as camouflage so that’s my guess for genus and species.

  2. Michael Suttkus, II

    What it is is filthy! Take a bath! Sheesh, bugs these days. You’ll never catch cockroaches getting that covered in trash. No, they evolved in a time when cleanliness was taken seriously! Not like these newfangled lepidoptera.

  3. I think Synchlora, too, but not sure about the species. (and it doesn’t matter because I’m late as usual).

    Seems to me Michael has thrown down the gauntlet — We need to have a dirty cockroach photography contest!

    1. Michael Suttkus, II

      The only dirty cockroaches I ever see are dying from pesticides. Healthy cockroaches are almost obsessive in their self-grooming.

  4. I need to stop being so late to these things. Synchlora aerata is my guess. I love spotting these guys, I saw a bunch on queen anne’s lace in a field near campus the other day.

    Sometimes I keep them and offer them colorful flower petals to decorate themselves with.

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