I Am Truly Blown Away By This Shapeshifting Caterpillar

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Science is crazy.

Behold the Hemeroplanes triptolemus (that’s science talk for cool caterpillar that looks like a Viper Snake)

Behold the Hemeroplanes triptolemus (that's science talk for cool caterpillar that looks like a Viper Snake)

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When the caterpillar is chillin’ it looks like…a caterpillar.

When the caterpillar is chillin' it looks like...a caterpillar.

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Or a stick!

Or a stick!

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But then this…

But then this...

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TURNS TO THIS.

TURNS TO THIS.

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A CATERPILLAR LOOKIN LIKE A FRIGGEN VIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Or at least, a viper whose lower half of their body has been chopped off.)

A CATERPILLAR LOOKIN LIKE A FRIGGEN VIPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Or at least, a viper whose lower half of their body has been chopped off.)

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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.

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.

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Obviously I have questions. Like, what the fuck? And, how?

Obviously I have questions. Like, what the fuck? And, how?

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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?

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?

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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.

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.

Me kinda

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!

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!

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h/t this tweet that changed my life



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