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    Found today in Northern New Jersey. No idea what it is. Really want to know. Anyone? I found it in a bunch of these flowers. Took a while to see it.

    ID by J Gilbert. It is the caterpillar of the wavy-lined emerald moth, or the Camouflaged Looper, or synchlora aerata. It has attached pieces of the flower to it's back. Cooool!

    fill in space, cramsay23, pennyred*, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Hamilton Images 81 months ago | reply

      Whoa, now that is cool. Looks like something out of this world...or photoshopped. OMG is right.


    2. Hopefoote, Ambassador of the Wow 81 months ago | reply

      Ha! If only I was that good at photoshop.

    3. urtica 81 months ago | reply

      Amazing! In the other shot I could not even tell it was a caterpillar!

    4. bansidhe 81 months ago | reply

      Great photo. I had no idea such a caterpillar even existed. What a rare find. Imagine the evolution steps that went into creating a caterpiller that camouflages itself in this manner.

    5. David Cartier 81 months ago | reply

      Talk about a miracle of adaptive evolution! Congrats on noticing this awesomely beautiful creature !!

    6. Stones 55 81 months ago | reply

      Nice camoflage. That is really interesting. I have never seen something like that.

    7. Ice Nine 80 months ago | reply

      Damn funky little bug - just keep it away from Bruners...

    8. stormlover2007 79 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called INSECTS ARE BEAUTIFUL., and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

      I have never seen anything like that before, how cool!!!! It is incredible, well done for spotting it.

    9. fire22kolar 73 months ago | reply

      Okay, I've seen loads of Emerald moth caterpillars attach stuff to their backs - Twigs, leaves, random bits and peices.. But that is amazing. Also beautiful!

    10. lika2009 (in the U.S.A.) 57 months ago | reply

      Great capture! I spotted this Wavy-lined emerald moth caterpillar on Joe-pye Weed flowers today and took some photos too. :) It is really amazing!

    11. Richard Carter 3 months ago | reply

      Hi, I thought you might like to know that Mother Nature Network (see previous comment) is a commercial website with major sponsors. Their use of this image is in apparent breach of its Creative Commons (non-commercial) licence.

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