Spot the three caterpillars!

This (from a tw**t by John Horstman) isn’t very hard at all, but it does show the crypsis that never gets old to me:

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h/t: Matthew Cobb

13 Comments

  1. rickflick
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    It took a minute, but there they are in all their glory (It’s as if they didn’t want to be seen). Amazing.

  2. tubby
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Those look like some very flat caterpillars.

    Flaterpillars?

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    Reminds me of the Lappet moth caterpillars, but I am not sure what these are.

  4. Posted December 11, 2016 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Will they be eaten by that large gecko creeping up on them?

    • Diane G.
      Posted December 12, 2016 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      šŸ˜€

  5. GBJames
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    sub

  6. Posted December 11, 2016 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Impressive. I saw them before I enlarged the picture, but then thought, “No, those aren’t caterpillars.” Wrong.

  7. Newish Gnu
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    My sense of scale was completely off. I spotted 3 “caterpillars”, each one the size of an actual caterpillar leg before the real ones jumped out at me. Very weird.

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted December 12, 2016 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      Me too.

    • John Harshman
      Posted December 12, 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink

      Pedantic quibble: those aren’t legs; they’re prolegs. The actual legs are much closer to the head and are less visible, and less likely to be mistaken for caterpillars.

      • Newish Gnu
        Posted December 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the correction.

  8. ploubere
    Posted December 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    So there are many more caterpillars in the world than I was aware of. I only spot the obvious ones.

  9. Jonathan Wallace
    Posted December 12, 2016 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    What species are they?


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