In the wild, it’s important for insects to be able to protect themselves from animals that want to eat them. So many other creatures try to make them their next tasty meal, after all, so it helps for insects to have a special way to throw predators off their tracks.
For some insects, this means being able to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings in order to stay hidden and remain safe. Others might make a noise in an attempt to scare off anything thinking of turning them into lunch!
One insect takes this protective urge a little too seriously, however. One woman in Spain discovered this firsthand after she walked through her building’s courtyard and noticed a strange sound…
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Elephant hawk moth caterpillars are named in part after the long, gray trunk of an elephant. The one spotted in Luján’s garden didn’t want to bite her; it was most likely feasting on the vines attached to her building.
Can you even begin to imagine how shocking it would be to come across something like this? Just looking at it is enough to give a person the chills, even though it’s just a harmless caterpillar!
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