Fantastic macro view of one of the strangest caterpillars on Earth. The head is on the right. The back is a large elaborate false head with eyes, nostrils, lips, and tongue. When it's scared, as seen here, it erects it's front half to make a very convincing small reptile or mammal. It will become an unknown moth. Rare. Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica.
Photo ID: Brett-Cole-Monteverde-00333
Photo size: 7.3 Mpixels (21 MB uncompressed) - 3320x2213 pixels (11.0x7.3 in / 28.1x18.7 cm at 300 ppi)
Photo keywords: butterfly, caterpillar, chrysalis, cloud forest, cocoon, Costa Rica, forest, insect, lizard, macro, Monteverde, moth, rainforest, reptile, tongue, worm