9.15.2007

You Don't See Me

...at least that's what this caterpillar thinks as it mimics a dead leaf. This is the larva of a moth called a Curve-Lined Owlet (Phyprosopus callitrichoides). When you disturb this bizarre little critter it sort of rocks side to side like a dead leaf might if a breeze blew against it. Look for it on the leaves of greenbrier.
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7 comments:

Lynne said...

Very, very neat.

swamp4me said...

The endless variations of caterpillars never ceases to amaze me. This one was definitely cool though :)

Anonymous said...

What an odd caterpillar. Enjoyed seeing it.

Manteo

swamp4me said...

hi anonymous,
I'm glad you enjoyed the caterpillar. Are you planning on attending Wildfest 2007 this year? It is scheduled for October 20th in Manteo.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the info. I will look into it. I have never attended before but would like to.

Manteo

Cathy said...

Swampy! Wow! That's just incredible - (almost as good as skink scat :0)

swamp4me said...

cathy,
yep, it's hard to compete with skink scat, but I think this little cat does a pretty good job ;)