"We've got eyes on you." Eyespots may mimic the eyes of their predators’ enemies, eg mimic dangerous snakes that might attack a hungry insect-eating bird. Birds, of course, mimic their predators- I’ve often been fooled into thinking I’m hearing a Crested Serpent Eagle when it’s actually a drongo having a bit of fun (or sounding the alarm).
This lot all hawk moths (Sphingidae)
see caterpillar-eyespots.blogspot.
#lepidoptera #caterpillars #moths #nature #biology

Strange. There are words for phobia of bees, worms, cockroaches, ants, flies, wasps, butterflies, moths but I not for caterpillars. Several Thai friends have the same reaction of shock/ disgust to them as some Westerners have to spiders. None have expressed any worries about spiders. Are phobias culturally determined? Max Planck Institute researchers say no, they’re innate. Others disagree: ‘Arachnophobia may, at least in part, be a cultural, rather than genetic trait.’ (Wiki)

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You may be interested in this: A cross-cultural study of animal fears.

As an Indian, I’ve always found the (excessive) fear of spiders a bit perplexing (I used to wonder if it was just an online meme). I certainly find caterpillars creepier and even fire ants scarier than spiders.

@digital_carver thanks for that. Very interesting. I'll delve into the article as soon as I've got a moment. It sounds exactly what I'm interested in

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