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Cobra Caterpillar

Oxytenis sp.


This caterpillar displayed a very similar behavior to Cobra snakes, raising the head (pic 2 and 3) and showing the "eyes" on the back of the body (pic 1,2,4,6). Is mimicking a big-aggressive animal for escaping predators


At the edge of secondary forest tropical rain forest

No species ID suggestions

47 Comments (1–25)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 3 years ago

agree Wandering Naturalist, this is a amazing insect

Wow! That is so amazing.

LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Very cool!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 3 years ago

Thanks Sukanya

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Super-spectacular! Lucky you...thanks for sharing.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 4 years ago

Thanks Nuwan

NuwanChathuranga 4 years ago

Congratulations Juan

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 4 years ago

Gracias Luis!

LuisStevens 4 years ago

Felicidades Juan! Increible SOTD!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 4 years ago

Well, the adult moth on the link before is the same genus, but I don't know if is the same species. It was only a hint of how adults on this genus looks like

i imagine your hapiness :-) to see this bizarre beauty live
I saw the link of the moth,is your first site of this species in this stage(Caterpillar)?

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 4 years ago

Thanks Antonio, I was very lucky to find this bug

Juan congrats again on the well deserved SOTW :-)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 4 years ago

Thanks again guys!

Congratulations on this fantastic and well deserved SotW!

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 4 years ago

Congrats!!Superb series!!

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Congrats Juan on SOTW....well deserved

AshleyT 4 years ago

Fantastic series, Juan! Congrats on sotw!

Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

Congrats! On SOTD

rams4d 4 years ago

Y también el spot del día, te estás destacando, eso fue algo así como los 4 números de la lotería y también el folio. La verdad es que son muy buenas fotos.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago

Congratulaciones, Juan.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Congratulations Juan. Incredible caterpillar and a great set of photos.

LasseOksanen 4 years ago

Amazing! Congratulations on your SOTD!

What a beautiful creature... congrats on your SOTD!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 4 years ago

Absolutely amazing! Congratulations on your SOTD Juan!

Provincia de Panamá, Panama

Lat: 9.17, Long: -79.61

Spotted on Dec 14, 2014
Submitted on Dec 20, 2014

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