Photo: Caterpillar or Twig?

Close up of a twig or a caterpillar

Josefine S. / Flickr

Our photo of the day comes from Gothenburg, Sweden. We have seen so many caterpillars that look like plants, thanks to some seriously expert adaptations – it would not surprise us at all if this were a caterpillar mimicking a twig, or a twig mimicking a caterpillar? Photographer Josefine S. writes, "I was walking home from a shroom hunt and spotted something on my fleece scarf: 'Hmm, twig? poop? ARGH CATERPILLAR DO NOT SQUISH!' S/he stayed still for a long while, like a good twig, and was returned to the woods." Update: We originally thought that this really was a twig! We were wrong. What amazing camouflage. Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to with "photo of the day" in the subject line.