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The Snake Mimicking Moth: Hemeroplanes Triptolemus Moth

This is NOT a reptile! This is the larva of the Hemeroplanes triptolemus moth. Hemeroplanes triptolemus is a moth of the Sphingidae family. It is known from Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and probably flies throughout Central America into Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela and Guyana. In its larval form it is capable of expanding its anterior body segments to give it the appearance of a snake, complete with simulated eyes. It's mimicry extends even to the point where it will harmlessly strike at potential predators. The person taping this video gets up close and personal with one of these talented creatures...


Video Courtesy: kaled juma



-Rick DeLuca





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