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Mystery Insect Shell

Gunung Kinabalu National Park, Sabah, Malaysia

 

This is a bit of a mystery to me, it appears to be the exoskeleton of some sort of insect. Judging from what I can see I might hazard a guess that its a leaf or plant hopper nymph of some sort. It looked like something had perhaps molted this shell and possibly metamorphosed into its adult stage? Either way it was a small yet very cool discovery in the jungle on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu.

 

EDIT: Turns out this is infact the shed skin of a caterpillar. Not something I expected but now that its been pointed out to me I do see the resemblance to a Nymphalid butterfly caterpillar.

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Taken on June 25, 2014