phyllodes imperialis


photos by lui weber of a pink underwing moth larva (phyllodes imperialis), which, when threatened, rears its anterior body segments and curls in its actual head to reveal markings otherwise hidden in a fold skin that resemble giants eyes and teeth. a second set of markings that resemble reptilian eyes can also be seen when not in its defensive crouch.  

found in the australian rainforest, where it lives in and survives on the vine carronia multisepalea, this caterpillar is listed as an endangered species, due largely to habitat loss from logging.

(see also: previous entomology posts)