Science is crazy.
Behold the Hemeroplanes triptolemus (that’s science talk for cool caterpillar that looks like a Viper Snake)
youtube.com / Via Hemeroplanes triptolemus
When the caterpillar is chillin’ it looks like…a caterpillar.
Or a stick!
But then this…
TURNS TO THIS.
A CATERPILLAR LOOKIN LIKE A FRIGGEN VIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Or at least, a viper whose lower half of their body has been chopped off.)
It like, turns itself upside down and puffs out its eyes and face and all of a sudden the harmless caterpillar will scare the bajeesus out of you because you’re gonna think it’s a dangerous snake.
Obviously I have questions. Like, what the fuck? And, how?
But also some deeper questions too. Like, by what means does this caterpillar know what a viper snake looks like? Have they met? Does the caterpillar remember? And if they’ve never met, is it just coincidence that it happens to look like a scary and dangerous snake? Or some kind of crazy instinct summoned from deep within their soul?
Obviously this is a case of X-TREME evolution. Or magic, idk. TBH, my brain is running around in circles just trying to comprehend all of it.
And obviously, not only does it occasionally look like a snake, but like all caterpillars, it shape shifts again into its final form. This one turns into this moth. Pretty!
h/t this tweet that changed my life