[Taxacom] Animal on Syzygium

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat Oct 27 17:27:05 CDT 2012

Yes, assuming it is an insect, it is either a lycaenid larva or a tenthredinid larva (like the "cherry slug")
Just a warning though, I just received a spam email from the sender of that photo ...

From: Adam Cotton <adamcot at cscoms.com>
To: Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu 
Sent: Sunday, 28 October 2012 2:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Animal on Syzygium

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pudji Widodo" <pudjiwi at yahoo.com>
To: <Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2012 8:08 AM
Subject: [Taxacom] Animal on Syzygium

Dear Taxacomers,

I try again to send you the image via the following link:


I hope it works and you could help me identify the blue animal on a Syzygium 
leaf. Thank you.

With Regards,
Pudji Widodo

It looks similar to some Lycaenid (Lepidoptera) larvae. It appears to have 
eaten part of the leaf to its left. There is no indication of size in the 
photo, so it is difficult to be certain.

A quick Google search of "Syzygium Lycaenidae" reveals several records of 
Lycaenids feeding on that plant genus, so I would assume my suggestion is at 
least likely.



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