Shallowtail caterpillars mimicking snakes. Wow, nature is just amazing!
This is the Hemeroplanes triptolemus, also known as the ‘snake-mimic caterpillar.’ In its larval form, the Hemeroplanes triptolemus expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments, mimicking a snake head with black eyes and even light reflections. It has been known to strike like a snake to deter predators.
Nature always seems to have its little surprises. If you didn’t know any better, you’d probably chalk this up as another photo of a hummingbird feeding on a flower. It’s not though…it’s a moth that looks like a hummingbird. Pretty sneaky, right? So, for faking us out, in a good way, this moth earns our […]
Today’s Biofriendly Image of the Day goes to this smart, little butterfly who has decided to use this sunflower to hide in plain sight. Most people, or potential predators, wouldn’t even notice the butterfly hanging out there and would likely just walk on by. Good job on the camouflage! Image by coniferconifer | Used with […]