Australian experts discover mystery caterpillar that was discovered in a backyard. Looks similar to Alice in Wonderland stumps.

  • Social media has revealed a shockingly bright-blue caterpillar.
  • Experts struggle to determine the exact species of insect that was found in an ACT yard. 
  • Experts suspect that the caterpillar may have Iridovirus, which is responsible for its blue-purple coloring.
  • Crystals are formed inside insects by the virus, which gives rise to their blue colour.

An Australian backyard was home to a bright blue caterpillar. Experts were baffled and compared it with an Alice in Wonderland character.

Tristan Glasson discovered the intruder in his Canberra garden soil and was puzzled at its size.

The photos were posted to a Facebook animal lover group, where they quickly attracted comparisons with Absalom, the blue hookah-smoking caterpillar.

Experts don’t know the species of this creature and think that blue might not be their natural colour.

An unknown blue caterpillar has been found in an Australian backyard and people are struggling to identify it

A blue unknown caterpillar has been discovered in an Australian backyard. It is still not known and many people have difficulty identifying it.

Nathan Lo from the University of Sydney, professor of evolutionary biology, believed that this insect might be a larva of scarabbeetle.

He said that the insect was actually a completely different species, although he isn’t certain which one.

“It is either a moth- or butterfly-like caterpillar,” he explained.

For what appears to be a caterpillar, the insect’s length is remarkable. There are many species of caterpillars with different lengths, ranging from 1mm up to 14cm.

Although there are blue-colored caterpillars known, Professor Lo doesn’t believe this to be one.

He stated that he was unsure about the species, and whether or not it is Australian. However, he did say that it is blue due to an Iridovirus.

“The virus structure causes crystals inside insects that give the insect its blue colour. But I’ve never seen one that blue.’

Some think the caterpillar may be infected with Iridovirus, which can alter a caterpillar's pigmentation to blue/blueish-purple and shorten its lifespan

The Iridovirus can affect the coloration of caterpillars and decrease their lifespan.

Comments on a social media post of the discovery have compared the insect to The Blue Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland (pictured)

Commenters on the social media posts of the discovery compared it to The Blue Caterpillar (pictured).

Based on blue hornworms, the characters in Alice in Wonderland are based. They’re known to eat tobacco leaves.

Glasson claimed that Mr Glasson was puzzled by the discovery.

“It was a little weirder.” [to find it]He said, “It was more than I expected to be sincere.”

«[I was expecting to find a]Normal whitchetty grub. Not a huge angry one.