Culture Art & Media Photo: Snake Mimic Caterpillar May Be the Coolest Caterpillar of All (With Video) By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 Andreas Kay / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community 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.