Here are ten of the most beautiful caterpillars on the planet. Butterflies and moths from them will turn out different, but while they are in the larval stage, they have no equal. Who said that those born to crawl are inferior to those who know how to fly?
Attacus Atlas. A representative of the peacock-eye family, one of the largest butterflies in the world with a wingspan of up to 24 centimeters. The caterpillar of the peacock-eye atlas eats not only for itself, but also for the future butterfly, too - that one simply does not have a mouthpart.
Acraga Coa is an inhabitant of the tropical forests of Central America, a small fluffy moth with a wingspan of 20 mm. Due to their unusual appearance, caterpillars are called “marmalade” or “pearl”. The “beads” on its back easily break off without harm to the insect itself - this is a protective mechanism like that of a lizard that discards its tail.
Polyura Sempronius is an Australian butterfly with the curious nickname "Tailed Emperor". The butterfly looks pretty ordinary, but its caterpillar is completely unique - with a cool set of chitinous “horns”.
Pipevine Swallowtail - a North American butterfly with a black and red horned caterpillar of an openly demonic species. However, it is absolutely safe - unless, of course, you are the plant that it is going to eat.
Hubbrad's Small Silkmoth, although it is called a "small" moth, is healthy enough - with a wingspan of up to 7 centimeters. His caterpillar, like himself, is active only at night, when its stunning coloring is not so noticeable to predators.
Blue Morpho is another butterfly from Central America. Caterpillars of this species are known for their tendency to cannibalism, and from plants they prefer toxic ones, accumulating strong poison in their bodies. Predators usually bypass them.
Flannel Moth, the “flannel moth” fully meets its name - it is soft and fluffy in appearance, and its tracks fit. But do not try to stroke the Flannel Moth - it hides a sharp poisonous sting. Poison is not fatal, but headache and temperature are guaranteed.
Cerura Vinula, aka forktail, aka silkworm-harpy, is a large nocturnal butterfly from the crested crest family. If you disturb her caterpillar, it will take a special threatening stance - it will inflate and raise the front end of the body, pull the odorous threads from the back and spray the offender with caustic liquid.
Isa Textula - a moth from the family of slugs, they are also butterflies, woodlice. Caterpillars leave characteristic zigzag tracks on the surface of tree leaves, and are protected from predators by stinging hairs along the edge of the body.
Isochaetes Beutenmuelleri is a fairly ordinary moth from the same slugs, but its caterpillar looks like a real jewel. It is better to admire it from a distance - poisonous hairs can cause severe skin irritation.Do you like the article?
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