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