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


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

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

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