Caterpillars

caterpillar

Caterpillars come in all shapes and sizes! This one obviously will not get eaten anytime soon!

saddleback

This saddleback has two defenses - one is his "eye spots" - the end with the big white eye-like spots is NOT his front end! In addition, while a bird or lizard may try to figure this out by picking him up - they get stung with his stinging hairs!

caterpillars

These caterpillars do not have stinging hairs, but are protected because birds learn to avoid caterpillars with hair!.

caterpillars

It is felt that some caterpillars avoid being eaten by birds by looking just like bird poop!


© 2001 Stephen Blythe