Creepy Animals

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Jan 27 2013

Lobster Moth Caterpillar

lobster moth caterpillar on leaf


They say people get more boring with age. The same holds true in the insect kingdom. The Lobster Moth is an incredibly ordinary moth whose larval form is anything but. The caterpillar features spindly forelegs and a swollen abdomen that curves up at the end, resembling a lobster tail. If the Lobster Moth Caterpillar is provoked, it spreads its front legs and arches its head back, possibly spraying formic acid. As an adult moth, it simply flies away.

Lobster moth caterpillar hanging off leaf



Lobster moth caterpillar with legs raised up



Lobster moth on white background

The Lobster Moth as an adult. Yawn.

Photos via FlickrBogleech

Special thank you to Alyen Bird, who notified us with the existence of this creepy creature.

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A year ago, when I had my summer vacation in Poland, I found this disgusting caterpillar, took a few photos of it with my phone (it unfortunately got killed by a car a few minutes later), and took it to my biology teacher. She identified it as a lobster moth, showed me some pictures of it and I was like ‘wut?’. How can this crazy thing be meant to transform into such an ordinary-looking insect?
Fun story, isn’t it?