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Caterpillar pretends to be snake

2010-06-07 09:28:03 GMT2010-06-07 17:28:03 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

This small caterpillar with bold yellow and blue markings scares off its predator

This small caterpillar with bold yellow and blue markings scares off its predator

The caterpillar turns into a striking black and orange butterfly

At first glance it may look like a fearsome snake but this rearing creature is actually a small caterpillar with a cunning means of defence.

The Spicebush Swallowtail has evolved a large pair of false eyespots and bold yellow and blue markings to frighten off potential predators.

The brightly coloured insect, which is only a few inches long, was snapped by wildlife biologist Jonathan Mays in Maine, U.S.

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