In an exquisite, if not terrifying act of self-preservation, the monkey snail caterpillar has evolved to disguise itself as a predator and mimic the shape and color of a tarantula spider on its back. Nature photographer David Weiller captured this particular specimen in the Amazon rainforest of Puyo, Ecuador. He shares:
This fascinating caterpillar mimics a hairy tarantula with strangely long, hairy arms that curl up. If you look at the bottom, it looks like a snail with its suction cup protuberances and tiny legs. This caterpillar is the larva of the Hag moth.
Weiller shares incredible animal and insect discoveries from rainforests in Ecuador, Malaysia, Madacascar, and elsewhere with him Youtube channel. Start with the “Walking Soft Ice Cream Bug” or the Braid Katydid. (about Laughing squid)
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