Monday, 7 September 2015

Creature 342: Harrisimemna trisignata

Taking headbutting to a new level.
Harrisimemna trisignata is a moth commonly called Harris' three spot caterpillar or Harris' three spot moth.

The juvenile has found a pretty innovative use for the head from their previous malts. Instead of discarding them like most caterpillars would, they hang onto them and use them as a weapon.
Meet the Ugly Caterpillar That Uses Old, Dead Heads as Weapons and Can’t Tell Its Butt From Its Head

The species is found across the east and center of North America.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Harrisimemna
Species: Harrisimemna trisignata

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