Caterpillar mimics a snake


#1

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#2

Dear internet: It shouldn’t be this hard to find a video of what this bug looks like when it’s walking. Please fix.


#3

How one can look at this and still think their old & magical book is right is beyond me.


#4

That’s some pretty shameless cultural appropriation, caterpillar.


#5

I wonder what would eat a caterpillar but not a tiny snake the same exact size? That’s incredible.


#6

Call me when it evolves into Metapod.


#7

Something concerned about being bitten by a snake, I suppose.

A caterpillar bite, not so much…


#8

I’m guessing there’s a local snake with that coloration that is very venomous.

There’s lots of precedent for non-venomous snakes mimicking the coloration of venomous ones, because local predators will have evolved to avoid those. Haven’t seen a cross-species version before, but it makes sense.


#9

never underestimate directed evolution


#10

The Unseen Watchmaker, writ large…


#11

The Extremely Visible Watchmaker


#12

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