The “Hermit Crab Caterpillar” – Is This A NEW SPECIES?!

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This is the first-ever video of what we’re calling the “hermit crab caterpillar”! We’re pretty sure this strange caterpillar is a NEW SPECIES.

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We went to the Peruvian Amazon to see amazing things, but we never expected this.
But that makes me wonder: What *is* a species anyway? And how do you know if you’ve found a new species?

According to Hanson, this is the first known example of a caterpillar building itself a mobile shelter, which is why it has earned the name of the hermit caterpillar.

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Caterpillars are known to employ a range of unusual strategies to protect themselves. Some use a “freeze-and-drop” defense against wasps.

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