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 […]