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Sphinx moth caterpillar

Eupanacra elegantulus

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40 Comments (1–25)

the reptile man
the reptile man 10 years ago

look like a snake must be mimicry in play.

BugGirl
BugGirl 10 years ago

Oh my goodness, so cool!!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Fun fact! Many species have evolved innovative ways to avoid predation through blending into their surroundings or mimicking a toxic or otherwise dangerous organism. I would imagine most birds would think twice before attempting to snap up this caterpillar that looks uncannily like a small snake at first glance!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...
https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/3...

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

Fun fact! Many species have evolved innovative ways to avoid predation through blending into their surroundings or mimicking a toxic or otherwise dangerous organism. I would imagine most birds would think twice before attempting to snap up this caterpillar that looks uncannily like a small snake at first glance!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=...
https://twitter.com/projectnoah/status/3...

chebeague8
chebeague8 10 years ago

Amazing!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 11 years ago

omg!!

Telse
Telse 11 years ago

Amazing. Looks like a dragon.(if one existed)

DDO
DDO 11 years ago

I also thought it was a snake at first! Cool spotting!

alin
alin 12 years ago

At first I thought it was some kind of snake...but then I read the title.....what a cool caterpillar !! Awesome find!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 12 years ago

SO COOL!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

cateralligatorpillar

auntnance123
auntnance123 12 years ago

Nice work, Ashish--if this isn't the right ID, it almost has to a relative.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eupanacra

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Peter its must be Eupanacra elegantulus then. Long nose like mouth portion of this caterpillar is mostly stretched out while it is in advancing position.

auntnance123
auntnance123 12 years ago

Thanks, hookgv--I thought I was the only one--the thumbnail automatically sent my brain toward seahorse.

hookgv
hookgv 12 years ago

Wow, thought it was a seahorse actually..lol

Jonathan Sequeira
Jonathan Sequeira 12 years ago

Gran forma de iniciar en el proyecto una excelente foto y una magnifica especie.

Elsa
Elsa 12 years ago

Very cool picture! Looks like these caterpillars can expand and contract (judging from the link above) - in which case might be completely different appearance once contracted?

Elsa
Elsa 12 years ago
Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Way to track it down Peter. That's another great photo of it, but I didn't see anywhere saying what it was.

peter
peter 12 years ago

It's not a hornworm, sphinx or hawk...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gogo159/267...

borzrach
borzrach 12 years ago

WOW.. AMAZING ANIMAL!

Pino
Pino 12 years ago

waaw nice !

Saarbrigger
Saarbrigger 12 years ago

This pic is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing it.

JoeSephVillanueva
Spotted by
JoeSephVillanueva

Mimaropa, Philippines

Spotted on Jul 10, 2011
Submitted on Jul 10, 2011

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