You can always count on Nature to surprise you and this is a big one. The snake you are looking at in the photos that follow is not a snake at all. It is actually a caterpillar, which is merely masquerading as a snake to scare off predators. It even strikes at predators like a snake to complete the camouflage.
The amazing images that follow were taken by Professor Daniel Janzen — a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania — while he was working in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
1. This caterpillar masquerades as a snake in an attempt to scare away predators.
2. The caterpillar creates the illusion of looking like a dangerous snake by expanding parts at the end of its body, which have marking to make it look like a snake’s head.
3. In addition to looking like a snake, the cunning caterpillar even behaves like one. When it is a larvae before transforming into a moth, the creature can strike in defense if it is approached — even if it does not have the snake’s capability of administering a bite.
4. Professor Janzen, who is a biologist at the University of Pennsylvania, photographed the insect while working in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (marked), Costa Rica.
5. Professor Janzen said: ‘Every caterpillar in Costa Rica looks like something else — be it a leaf, twig or in this case, a slithering snake’.
6. Professor Janzen said: ‘To normal people this caterpillar might look weird and scary, but for me it’s just a walk in the park’.
7. The expert captured the images as part of his work cataloguing caterpillars (pictured) and says it is part of the hemeroplanes species.
Via The Daily Mail.
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