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Slug Caterpillar, Semyra cf. (Limacodidae) locomotion

Slug Caterpillar, Semyra cf. (Limacodidae) locomotion

Tiputini Forest Reserve, Prov. Orellana, Ecuador

This animation shows the serial muscular contractions of the slug caterpillar's "creeping disk", as well as the side-to-side head motion. This species retains the minute true legs, immediately behind the head capsule, which has a darkened ridge. The dark blotch in the middle of the head are the mouth parts; the pair of tiny spots on either side are the stemmata (larval eyes).

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