Welcome, Guest: Register On Nairaland / LOGIN! / Trending / Recent / New
Stats: 2,991,941 members, 7,287,492 topics. Date: Thursday, 02 February 2023 at 03:20 PM

This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) - Science/Technology - Nairaland

Nairaland Forum / Science/Technology / This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) (49740 Views)

Massive Marine Skull Larger Than Human Body Reveals (Pictures) / This Caterpillar’s Camouflage Is On Another Level (Photos) / Samsung Unveils Smart T.V That Mimics And Blends With Any Wall(Photos (2) (3) (4)

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (Reply) (Go Down)

This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Nobody: 8:39pm On Apr 10, 2021
The caterpillar of the rare pink underwing moth has a very peculiar defense mechanism. When disturbed, it suddenly arches its back to reveal a pair of large, frightening eyes and what looks like a two rows of barred teeth.

The pink underwing moth is a rare and enigmatic insect found from subtropical New South Wales through Queensland and New Guinea. It feeds on rotting fruit and, although nocturnal, doesn’t seem to be strongly attracted to light.

The moth’s name was inspired by the bright pink bars on its hidden hind underwings, which some experts believe act as a defense mechanism. The theory is that a sudden display of color can startle or surprise a predator for long enough to let the moth escape. But that defense strategy pales in comparison to that used by the pink underwing moth in caterpillar form.

When they first hatch, caterpillars are a bland brown color, which actually helps them better blend into their surrounding to avoid detection by predators. But as it grows, it develops two large dark spots surrounded by bright yellow lines, which look like weird, giant eyes, as well as two rows of white lines that look like teeth.

Even though the markings of the pink underwing moth may look like a scary skeleton mask, the weird thing is that they are located on the back of the caterpillar. So while it looks like it is staring at you with those giant eyes and barred teeth, its head is actually tucked into its belly. In fact, the only time the caterpillar’s skeleton impersonation is visible is when it stretches’ its skin, which it does by curing in its head and body this way.

The pink underwing moth caterpillar is sometimes referred to as the “Big headed caterpillar”, which refers to the large false head that appears when the caterpillar adopts its defensive posture. It is thought that this illusion helps protect the defenseless caterpillars by making them look like a threat rather than a victim.
Source: https://www.odditycentral.com/animals/this-caterpillar-mimics-a-scary-skull-to-keep-predators-at-bay.html

6 Likes 2 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by PlayerMeji: 9:01pm On Apr 10, 2021
Spider-Man on my mind...

39 Likes 3 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Angelacruz: 9:29pm On Apr 10, 2021
scary

1 Like

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by viyon02: 9:37pm On Apr 10, 2021
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.

388 Likes 27 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by anthonyuncle(m): 9:49pm On Apr 10, 2021
PlayerMeji:
Spider-Man on my mind...
i dey tell you

2 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by XXXXTENTACION: 9:50pm On Apr 10, 2021
Amazing for the caterpiller.


survival is real. undecided

10 Likes 2 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by cayorday89(m): 10:32pm On Apr 10, 2021
It never jam, the predator will be like this skeleton is unusually meaty...

27 Likes 3 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Mayniaa: 11:13pm On Apr 10, 2021
viyon02:
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.

It is only fools that will say a god exist

46 Likes 10 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by JohnGainsville(m): 11:33pm On Apr 10, 2021
Wonderful creatures of nature

2 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Nobody: 12:02am On Apr 11, 2021
@, first pics looks like spider Man.

Well that mask can only work for predators that know what a skull is.

8 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by haybhi1(m): 3:28am On Apr 11, 2021
A
Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by KingLennon(m): 4:18am On Apr 11, 2021
This is the first time I'm seeing this. One of the reasons you need to fear God.....

25 Likes 4 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Khd95(m): 5:48am On Apr 11, 2021
If not that I have read about this catarpillar just now on NL, this thing looks scary normal

Imagine girls wey dey flee from cockroaches,come see this one, Dem go faint grin

12 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by dynicks(m): 6:21am On Apr 11, 2021
Life in the jungle is always on DISGUISE MODE for survival!!

That figure occupying asorock.....still thinking Sha..

20 Likes 3 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by BigDawsNet: 7:02am On Apr 11, 2021
Looks unique
Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by padi94(m): 7:26am On Apr 11, 2021
God is Wonderful...

6 Likes 2 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Robisky001(m): 7:54am On Apr 11, 2021
viyon02:
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.
Thus says the holy book.

7 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Herbephe1(m): 8:21am On Apr 11, 2021
werey gan disguise...

2 Likes

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by BanevsJoker(m): 9:07am On Apr 11, 2021
Looks like the late WWE wrestler Kamala.

5 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by smartty68(m): 9:35am On Apr 11, 2021
viyon02:
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.
And what have you done to prove that God exist? The Whites keeps making discoveries and breaking boundaries on the dailies risking their lives just to make the world a better place and you sit behind your keyboard and presume, assume.

Even the phone you used to post this was created by the Whites.

Mayniaa:


It is only fools that will say a god exist
I guess he's hallucinating. Lol

12 Likes 2 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Engrgeneral(m): 9:40am On Apr 11, 2021
God is great

2 Likes

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by wiseword316(m): 9:58am On Apr 11, 2021
E never meet better hungry bird,

1 Like 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by viyon02: 10:25am On Apr 11, 2021
smartty68:
And what have you done to prove that God exist? The Whites keeps making discoveries and breaking boundaries on the dailies risking their lives just to make the world a better place and you sit behind your keyboard and presume, assume.

Even the phone you used to post this was created by the Whites.

I guess he's hallucinating. Lol
Am sorry for you because your great grandfathers are disappointed in you in their graves, because your thinking is that of foolishness, just look around you, you will see existence of God around you, better you change your mind set before is too late.

20 Likes 3 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by ReacherSaidNoth: 10:36am On Apr 11, 2021
The wonders of evolution.

3 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by Harrykn: 10:40am On Apr 11, 2021
Nah him business be that cus buhari don’t give a damn
Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by unanonso(m): 10:56am On Apr 11, 2021
Mayniaa:


It is only fools that will say a god exist

Psalms 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. 14:2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

22 Likes 4 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by SouthSouth1914: 11:08am On Apr 11, 2021
Mayniaa:


It is only fools that will say a god exist

And you think you’ve made sense? Let’s leave the Bible out of it.., what do you say about all these intelligent designs? A mistake? Or a work of a creator ? Saul was even worse than folks like you, they killed Christians and later repent.

You should bask in your ignorance today, tomorrow you’d be among the next level of people who would give testimony to an intelligent creator. Stay blessed!

17 Likes 7 Shares

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by smartty68(m): 11:31am On Apr 11, 2021
viyon02:
Am sorry for you because your great grandfathers are disappointed in you in their graves, because your thinking is that of foolishness, just look around you, you will see existence of God around you, better you change your mind set before is too late.
You resort to insults in order to challenge me. What a God you have.

2 Likes

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by lmm4real: 11:48am On Apr 11, 2021
viyon02:
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.

Which of the favor of your Lord will you deny.

3 Likes

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by viyon02: 11:50am On Apr 11, 2021
smartty68:
You resort to insults in order to challenge me. What a God you have.
I didn't insult you my dear, because when a child behave and think in a stupid trait, then his parents need to instill some level of discipline in him. Just because you read some science fictions and evolution theory you think you are smart and want to prove some level of intelligent, change your thinking bro.

7 Likes 1 Share

Re: This Caterpillar Mimics A Scary Skull To Keep Predators At Bay (Photos) by falcon01: 11:54am On Apr 11, 2021
viyon02:
It is only a fool that will say God do not exist.
anything That makes you sleep at night b****

4 Likes

(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (Reply)

16-Year-Old Onitsha Boy Manufactures Stove That Uses Battery Or Charcoal / Aryan Kheterpal Has Higher IQ Than Albert Einstein With Perfect Test Score / Huge Cobra Invades A House In Kogi. Photos

(Go Up)

Sections: politics (1) business autos (1) jobs (1) career education (1) romance computers phones travel sports fashion health
religion celebs tv-movies music-radio literature webmasters programming techmarket

Links: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10)

Nairaland - Copyright © 2005 - 2023 Oluwaseun Osewa. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise. 96
Disclaimer: Every Nairaland member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Nairaland.