[Taxacom] Animal on Syzygium

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Sat Oct 27 17:34:25 CDT 2012


Thanks John, for offering us an opinion based, as you say, on absolutely no expertise, and without paying much attention to the thread!! :)


From: John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
To: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> 
Cc: Adam Cotton <adamcot at cscoms.com>; "Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu" <Taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> 
Sent: Sunday, 28 October 2012 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Animal on Syzygium


I haven't followed this discussion all that closely, but with the extended discussion I took a look at the image and my first impression was that there was a lack of detail. Pity the ventral side was not visible. I wondered whether it might be some kind of limacodid. But that's based on absolutely no expertise. 

John Grehan


On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz> wrote:

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 ...
> 
>Stephen
>
>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:
>
>http://pudji.widodo.blog.unsoed.ac.id/2012/10/27/animal-on-syzygium/
>
>I hope it works and you could help me identify the blue animal on a Syzygium
>leaf. Thank you.
>
>With Regards,
>Pudji Widodo
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>
>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.
>
>Adam.
>
>
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