Although it looks like an anxious spider pacing back and forth, you are looking at the unique tail of the spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides). The tail tip is waved around and used to lure insectivorous birds to within striking range. Talk about nightmare fuel!
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.
The world is full of natural wonders. It’s sometimes amazing the sights you will see when you take the time to get outdoors and spend the day with Mother Nature. This butterfly caught our attention so much it earned today’s Biofriendly Image of the Day. If you look closely, the bottom left half of the […]