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Please help to identify this....creature

Postby BigDevil » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:09 am

Found this kind of creature at home several times this past year.

Really not sure what it is. First few times were found on bathroom floor.
It's tiny, no longer than 1 cm. The one in the picture was taken this morning,
and it looked more "mature" than those found previously in that its body
seemed to have hardened into what looked like a melon seed.

Not even sure if it's an insect since I don't see any legs. The black dot at the lower end should be its head.

Anyone has any idea what it is??
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Postby schweppes » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:11 am

eh... BigD, the resolution not so clear leh... very hard to see

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Postby tisha » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:13 am

The pic not clear. Does it fly? You spot only one at a time or are there a few?

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Postby tisha » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:14 am

Please give us more clues, this could be one of the PSLE science Q this year. :wink:

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Postby BigDevil » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:16 am

Sorry about picture quality...best my phone can do. :oops:

It doesn't fly...not sure how it moves about.
The black head will be swinging left and right..like feeling its way.
Then the whole thing will just move...so maybe like caterpillar?

So far only found one at a time.

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Postby MintyMin » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:21 am

this is like a caterpillar in a cacoon.. juz tat tis is if am not wrong those antflies..

i encounter it a few times.. u juz haf to clear it off wif tissue or toilet paper.. no harm actually.. i duno hw long it takes for the 'IT' in it to hatch though..


Here's a website with picture on it.. i believe the one in ur hse is like the one on the left hand side bottom with 3 obvious black dots in the centre in white... not exactly like the one in ur hse but a bit similar..
http://thehappyscientist.com/blog/science-photo-day-267

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Postby BigDevil » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:43 am

Hmm...it does have some similarity.
Perhaps next time I should just let one hatch and see what it is...

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Postby MintyMin » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:44 am

BigDevil wrote:Hmm...it does have some similarity.
Perhaps next time I should just let one hatch and see what it is...


heehee.. i tink it will happen quite fast.. so u may not haf a chance to even c it.. ;)

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Postby BigDevil » Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:53 am

Then have to catch it and put it inside a bottle. :wink:

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Postby MummyThreeStreams » Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:17 pm

I think it's called a plaster bagworm or the household casebearer. It's a larva of a type of moth. See website for details:
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urb ... bearer.htm

You can google for more info.

We had many of these at my old place, maybe because we were living near a forested area. They were found mostly in the bathroom and the balcony. I think maybe because those were the most humid areas of the home? They are a nuisance. I normally sweep them up and throw them out.

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