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Apr 21 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: Well, I wouldn’t eat it

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  1. 1
    Lofty

    Well I hope for it’s sake something finds it scary.

  2. 2
    David Chapman

    Nom, nom, nom!

  3. 3
    chigau (違う)

    I wanted to get some sleep tonight.

  4. 4
    Cuttlefish

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like StrongBad?

  5. 5
    Sili

    Mildly reminiscent of of the noface in Spirited Away.

  6. 6
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Cthulhupillar?

  7. 7
    raefn

    Somehow, it reminds me of Australian Aboriginal imagery that I’ve seen. I did an image search of Australian Aboriginal art. The shades of brown, the stripes, and the white patterns are a bit similar.

  8. 8
    saganite

    I’d like to have it as a pet, though. It’s a luchador caterpillar!

  9. 9
    Lars

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks like StrongBad?

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s got the face of a cuttlefish? >;)

  10. 10
    rustiguzzi

    Sili@5: Yes, put me in mind of Noface in ‘Spirited Away’ too. According to comments on the International Movie Database (IMDb) site, that character resembles a silkworm, not only for its voracious appetite, but the facial markings on its head and its real mouth below them. I wonder if the creature in the picture is related to silkworms.

  11. 11
    Frenzie

    National Geographic quite annoyingly and consistently misspelled imperialis. But worse, the Internet seems to suggest that the pink underwing moth is actually North American, and that the Phyllodes imperialis is called the imperial fruit sucking moth. The wingspan of 130-170 mm is in accordance with the National Geographic article.

    Can anyone who knows more about (Australian) moths help figure out this mess more definitively?

  12. 12
    anuran

    My Inner Frog says “Lunch”

  13. 13
    Roberto Aguirre Maturana

    If that is a case of batesian mimicry, I don’t want to find the original creature that is being imitated. Actually, I do want to find it, but from a safe distance.

  14. 14
    Trebuchet

    @11:

    National Geographic quite annoyingly and consistently misspelled imperialis.

    That would be Australian Geographic. Probably a spellcheck/autocorrect problem.

  15. 15
    Frenzie

    @14
    Alas, just when you think there’s not much you can mess up in a quick note.

  16. 16
    Kagato

    I saw this while browsing on mobile, and at first glance the thumbnail image looked like something much creepier to me.

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