Nature has an amazing facility for diversity and looking at the Dragonhead Caterpillar it is no wonder that many ancient peoples believed in legendary creatures like dragons and monsters. If one of these little caterpillars found its way to Japan and got a sizeable dose of radiation Tokyo would be destroyed yet again. Godzilla would have to come out of retirement to take it down.

Dragonhead Caterpillar
Dragonhead Caterpillar

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Dragonhead Caterpillar
Dragonhead Caterpillar (China)

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There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 types of this creepy crawly which turns into a version of the leafwing butterfly. Each one has a large head capsule with four horn-like protrusions and each of those have additional spines lining them.

Dragonhead Caterpillar
Dragonhead Caterpillar

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Dragonhead Caterpillar
Dragonhead Caterpillar (Singapore)

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While most of these dragon-like heads are green, there are those that are an extra-creepy and scary-looking black variety. I am thinking this is their version of Darth Vader. The horns can come in a variety of colors including red, white, and blue. Sounds a bit patriotic, but since most of them don't live in the United States, not so much.

Dragonhead Caterpillar
Dragonhead Caterpillar (Africa)

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These butterflies and their spectacular larva -- or caterpillars -- inhabit the temperate regions of North America, Europe, China and southern Australia. I would totally freak out if I saw one of them crawling through my garden and didn't know what it was. It would probably get bigger each time I told the tale too. All of that time we spent playing with caterpillars as kids would probably be rewritten as well.

Sources: Australian Geographic, Redbrick

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