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Thomas Hossie ADMIN June 24, 2015
It's not only adult butterflies and moths that have eyespots, many caterpillars do too! There are known examples of caterpillars with eyespots from all over the world. Scroll through the numerous examples, and add your photos to this growing collection!

Group Description

This is a group dedicated to collecting photos of Lepidopteran caterpillars with eyespots, or otherwise mimic snakes.

Eyespots (markings that resemble vertebrate eyes) have evolved many times in Lepidopterans (butterflies and moths). The fact that this adaptation has arisen independently so often in this group indicates the general effectiveness of this anti-predator defence. I also run a blog on the topic of caterpillar eyespots here:

When adding a photo it is not a problem if you are unsure about the ID, but where possible please include any additional information about behaviour or body size and tag the following in any photo you add:

-Latin name (binomial name)
-Location (i.e., geotag)

Group Rules

Added photos have to be of a Lepidopteran caterpillar (i.e., the caterpillar of a butterfly or moth).

Please add the tag "eyespots" in any submitted photos.

Include the Latin name (i.e., Binomial name), Family, and common name. To encourage participation from non-specialists, photos will be allowed without this information, as long as it is geotagged to help with identification.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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