21 March 2010

Caterpillar camouflage

Caterpillars are just as incredible as butterflies and moths.  I don't know the species* (it appears to be tropical), but the camo is incredible.

Photo credit, via Conservation Report.

A hat tip to caseoftornados and Tulamaru at the Neatorama comment thread, who identified this as Euthalia aconthea gurda, the larval form of the Green Baron butterfly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  1. Caterpillar? What caterpillar?

    That is amazing! Although, the little guy looks so small that not many would want to eat him.

  2. Those fern like legs are beautiful. He looks fat and juicy to me.

  3. I think this could be a larva of the Baron Butterfly, from india that feeds of Mango leaves, latin name: Euthalia aconthea. Good Luck, Ruud Heemstra

  4. ...and a hat tip to Ruud, who was writing a comment here just as I was revising the post.

  5. Doesn't work very well on Red Green colorblind people though...... I wonder if that means something about past "human selection" for color deficiency? Perhaps the color deficient found camoflauged food easier and so they survived........


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