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  • Kees van der Graaf

    The Abbott's Sphinx Moth (Sphecodina abbottii) caterpillar, have discovered that best way to [hopefully] survive their harsher younger years ( when they make a tasty meal to many predators ) is to have a big eye spot on their butts ( best place is always the other end from the real eyes ) . This isn't just your average eye spot, though , right down to the white reflection spot in the "pupil." If you poke the caterpillar, the little guy will squeak and try and bite the attacker.

  • Allison Wagner

    Abbott's Sphinx Caterpillar Legit took me a minute to figure out this was a bug

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