Photo: The caterpillar who thought it was a leaf

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In which a caterpillar shows yet another fabulous display of mimicry.

Who would have ever guessed that larvae could be so sly? But sure enough, the caterpillar turns out to be a master of disguise. Whether taking on the form of a scary snake or a simple leaf – like this one here photographed by Andreas Kay in Tamandua Reserva Flores, Ecuador – these bundles of protein have devised all manner of clever ways to avoid becoming dinner. Mother Nature never fails to amaze!

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