It is currently September 25th, 2017, 12:48 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 2:47 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
You know you're old....when you find a caterpillar with a fake head that perfectly mimics Stejneger's Bamboo Viper and show this to your 12-year old, expecting him to freak out in amazement...only to have him answer "Meh...Swallowtail butterfly...you didn't KNOW that, Dad??" and then give you that pitying look usually reserved for drooling old geezers...

Young Papilio bianor thrasymedes is less than an inch long, but packs quite the visual attitude. The red eyes, the white stripe under the eye, the triangular head, it all looks like Viridovipera s. stejnegerii to the uninitiated. The yellow antennae work stunningly well as a forked tongue, and if you're willing to suspend disbelief, the blue lines on his head resemble the blue skin under the snake's scales.

Here's the original...
Image

...and here the mimic. (The real head is right below the yellow feelers)
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

And this is what the caterpillar eventually grows into. It's actually a very common (and huge!) butterfly. Strange that I've never found one of its babies before (actually, this one found me - I noticed it clinging to my pant legs!)
Image

PS: I didn't post this in the invertebrate section, as it's a snake mimic and thus of interest for more people than just the bugheads :-)


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 5:12 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Posts: 337
Location: Florida, USA
Very cool animal!
:Mark


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 5:51 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:45 am
Posts: 1472
Location: One of the boys from Illinois
Quote:
I noticed it clinging to my pant legs!


And did think for a split-second that a pit viper was on your pants? :mrgreen:

Very cool - it's amazing how much mimicry there is in lepidoptera.
-Mike


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 8:12 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:48 am
Posts: 213
Location: Boerne, TX
That is a humbling testament to the power of natural selection. Amazing.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 9:16 am 

Joined: August 26th, 2010, 9:56 am
Posts: 96
Amazing. Other than fooling animals that are looking for an insect snack, it can also sneak up on plant material that is used to having snakes crawl through it. :lol: Great shots, Art


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 9:22 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 27th, 2010, 12:27 pm
Posts: 963
Location: Terlingua / Marfa, Texas
ADCIII wrote:
it can also sneak up on plant material


That's why I wear camo when making salad. :lol: :lol: :lol:


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 3:22 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:43 pm
Posts: 473
Location: Australia
Great shots - mimicry has always been one of those things that fascinates me.


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 3:29 pm 

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 7:12 am
Posts: 8025
Location: Hesperia, California.
crocdoc wrote:
Great shots - mimicry has always been one of those things that fascinates me.


Me Too! :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol: Too subtle? :lol:
Hans... the fangs need some work... but other than that... :beer: :D jim


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 26th, 2011, 4:37 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 7th, 2010, 8:23 am
Posts: 2146
Location: Unicoi, TN
That is the best, Hans.... :thumb: :thumb:


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 27th, 2011, 10:16 am 

Joined: September 25th, 2010, 2:46 pm
Posts: 206
Location: Santa Cruz ca
Another beautiful mimic.Thx!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 30th, 2011, 3:22 am 
User avatar

Joined: June 16th, 2010, 12:26 pm
Posts: 561
Nice one, Hans. What an excellent mimic!

Regards,
David


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 30th, 2011, 2:22 pm 

Joined: June 9th, 2010, 3:10 pm
Posts: 80
Thats amazing!


Top
 Profile  
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 30th, 2011, 2:44 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 27th, 2010, 12:27 pm
Posts: 963
Location: Terlingua / Marfa, Texas
Maybe the viper is mimicking the caterpillar.

"Here little birdie. I'm just a juicy little caterpillar. So tasty. Chomp."

:lol:


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
 Post subject: Re: Extra-Cool Bamboo Viper Mimic!
PostPosted: June 30th, 2011, 4:12 pm 
User avatar

Joined: June 8th, 2010, 2:19 am
Posts: 3179
Location: Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo)
Daryl Eby wrote:
Maybe the viper is mimicking the caterpillar.

"Here little birdie. I'm just a juicy little caterpillar. So tasty. Chomp."

:lol:


Good thinking!


Top
 Profile WWW 
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 14 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 19 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: