Photo: Snake Mimic Caterpillar May Be the Coolest Caterpillar of All (With Video)

Close up of snake on a plant stem

Andreas Kay / Flickr

Our photo of the day is a lesson in the cleverest camouflage. We've shown Hemeroplanes triptolemus before, a crazy cool snake mimic caterpillar photographed by Andreas Kay in the rainforest of Ecuador. But this time we have video! Andreas explains: "When disturbed this larva of a sphinx moth expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments, mimicking a snake head with black eyes and even light reflections. Sometimes it also strikes like a snake to deter predators such as lizards or birds."

We should all be so lucky to be able to suddenly look like a snake! 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.