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Jul 7, 2010 9:44 AM

Moth that mimics a frog

Ok let's kick this forum off - not so much with a question but a great image of this moth that appears to mimic a frog (ok it's upside down but use your imagination or stand on your head). The image was sent to us as an enquiry a few years ago but it has always amazed me. The species is Phobetron hipparchia (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae - aka Hag moths) and the photo was taken on the enquirers treking holiday South America.

 

08-3 Phobetron hipparchia (Limacodidae) 1.jpg

The caterpillar of this species is equally as impressive and mimics tarantula type spiders (see below) - now isn't nature incredible.

 

07-1097 Phobetron hipparchia 1.JPG

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