5- or 6-Legged Oddities

Looks like it is actually a beetle in the Coccinellidae (ladybirds) or Cassidae (tortoise beetle) family somewhere, and it seems to be in the process of molting. You can see the suture near the base of the tail section and the brighter, lighter tone to the emerging nymph or adult – Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, near Misahualli

Amazing looking specimen!! Note the webbing connecting the “spines” to the surrounding foliage, this moth succumbed to a parasitic fungal infection and the spines are actually the sporocarps for dispersing spores – Amazonian rainforest in Ecuador, near Misahualli.

A brittle star attempting to get back to the water on Amroth beach, not far from Telpyn Point.

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