Looper Mimicry

This looper caterpillar mimics a dried twig. Look close to see a “tie wire” of silk anchoring its head.

It didn’t like all the attention from me, and changed its position to look like a bent twig. Notice the black spot marking on its back. It shows in both pictures. To me, the spot looks like it was damage done to the “twig.”

Loopers are in a large family of moths known as Geometridae. They can easily be identified by only having a pair of prolegs at each end of their body. Other caterpillars have 4 prolegs in the middle of their body. Loopers move by bringing their hindlegs up near the front of their body. They then  take their front legs forward, giving them the “looping” method of moving.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on August 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I need to purchase a thesaurus. Tired of using same vocabulary to applaud your posts!


  2. That it so cool, I’ve never seen one of those.. Thanks for showing it! 🙂


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