Do you ever see something and just have no idea how to react? You start to utter jumbled syllables, unsure of what you’re feeling or how to express it? Awe? Shock? Wonder? Attraction? Revulsion? Love? Panic?
That’s how I felt when I saw this caterpillar.
How is this possible? How is this even real?
What’s with the bright colors and spots? And that ridiculously smooshed face?
I know I shouldn’t be surprised by things like this, but I always am. Caterpillars have such an amazing array of coloration, defenses, postures, patterns, shapes and sizes – there is always something new to discover.
This big guy is Eumorpha typhon, in the family Sphingidae. It will turn into a beautiful moth one day.