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Mouse Vader?

Did you know that moths are considered nature’s masters of disguise?  This moth could easily be mistaken for a dried, curled leaf.   This is the Walnut Caterpillar Moth (Datana Integerrima).  This family includes medium-sized moths that have stout bodies and are drab in color (brown, tan or gray). When it is resting, the walnut caterpillar moth rolls its wings, causing it to look like a stick or a dried, curled leaf.

As the name indicates, its host tree is the walnut tree, but its larvae also feed on hickory and pecan trees.  It is found in eastern North America, from Ontario, through most of the Eastern States west to Minnesota and south to northern Mexico.

While this moth is not colorful, its camouflage trick is impressive.  However, when I took a close-up picture of its face, I was amused!   With its eyes appearing to be a nose, doesn’t it look like an angry mouse wearing a Darth Vader helmet?