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July 21, 2016

Snake Mimic Caterpillar

YouTube caption: "Snake mimic caterpillar Hemeroplanes triptolemus (Sphingidae) from the Amazon rainforest near Puyo, Ecuador. When disturbed, this larva of a sphinx moth expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments, mimicking a snake head with black eyes and even light reflections. Sometimes it also strikes like a snake to deter predators such as lizards or birds."

Photos here.

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[via BoingBoing]

July 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Whitney Hanson | Jul 22, 2016 11:09:11 AM

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