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Originally posted by 1lluminatus
Looks a bit like a Hag Moth Caterpillar. I'm pretty sure it's some sort of caterpillar though.
Originally posted by h13022489
reply to post by cranspace
Hello, OP, I also run into a weird insect and I hope someone here could help recognize if they are normal.
I will try to be as short as possible in the best way I could organize. Should anyone needed more background information, I will be replying as fast whenever as I can.
About a week ago, I was talking with a female neighbor (in Pekin) who just had a surgery removing tumor from her head. I saw many long grain rice shape meat balls (tumor like) sticking out her neck like leaves.
Three days ago, I saw there is a pea shape thing on the side of my raccoon dog's mouth (its saved since last year), its dark red/blue/black color like a small sarcoma (sarcoid), in one of her ear I found another meat ball similar in size. Not far from this meat ball in her ear, a small area seems to be bleeding (but not severe). Both meat balls look similar to the things I saw on my neighbor's neck. I tried to pull these two meat balls, both can't be moved.
Two days ago, I saw the thing on her(raccoon)'s mouth grow bigger in size. I squeezed and try to tell if a surgery is needed. They look like regular tumors and grow tightly on skin surface. Later I went online and searched pet's sarcoma. Its said normally these meat balls are results of eating too much meat or having kidney problems, one needs to oberve more to tell if they post severe danger to animals.
Yesterday, the bigger tumor suddenly disappeared from her mouth and I checked everywhere around her mouth there isn't any scar or sign of bleeding. Because she just ate some grass in the morning during walk I wasn't sure how this self healing happened, or maybe she just ate tumor herself! The second meat ball in her ear is still there, not bigger, not smaller.
Today, when I was petting her on the head, I was shocked to find another big meat ball sticking right out on her head! I was so scared she may have developed tumor all over her body. In panick I pulled this big tumor (with strengh), And this's when I got really shocked:
in a loud sound "pa!" the meat ball was off her head! when it dropped down on the floor, it moved! Raccoon doesn't seem to be hurting at all, no blood. Quickly, I pulled the other one off her ear, and the other meat ball also moves on the ground! I looked more carefully, they actually have legs, they are some sort of insects with skin like shells! When I am typing this, I still felt kind of uneasy, so here I attach few photos I just took and hopefully someone could recognize what they are.
Now I have both of them put in a plastic bag, if anyone needed them, I could mail. From the bleeding ear, it seems these things live off raccoon's blood. And for days, these things don't move and stick to the same skin area of their host (at least the second insect living on her ear didn't move an inch within these three days), Their bodies look like balloons with air inside, their legs are tiny and can withdraw completely into the body).I checked raccoons entire body, there seem to be none other left.
Last morning I saw a bird whose feather is completlely dirt colored on the ground, (such a rare color), if not paying attention, the bird could be very difficult for human eyes to detect. However,these insects amaze me more, are they some type of new insects? This is my first post, will figure out how to upload pictures and thank you for reading.
image links to photobucket:
edit on 14-6-2012 by h13022489 because: adding photosedit on 14-6-2012 by h13022489 because: edit photos