Damn, Mother Nature: A Moth With Curled Wings That Looks Identical To A Dead, Dried Leaf

December 4, 2018


Note: Much larger version of the above collage HERE so you can see the detail.

These are a bunch of shots of Uropyia meticulodina, a species of moth from southeast Asia that looks identical to a dead, dried leaf. Like the X-Men *putting on cool guy shades* it's uncanny. "Take those off." I can't, I have eye lasers like Cyclops. Still, these dead leaf moths -- evolution, am I right? "What about it?" I want twice as many fingers and a tail.

Keep going for a shot of one of the moths in a museum collection for reference.


Thanks to Luci, who agrees somebody is clearly trying to win the playing dead contest.

  • CesarCrash

    The coolest part is that this moth does not have curled wings.

  • Corky McButterpants

    As per usual... geekologie hi res link not really hi res:

    » Try this «

  • I just see a toothy mouth... whelp.

  • spikedeclue

    Every single image of one of them from the side shows the more curled wing closer to the camera.

    "Wait! Get my good side"
    - these moths, probably

  • Eric Ord

    You know what else is identical to a dead, dried leaf? Meh's brain lol

  • Closet Nerd

    Fill it with herbs, it'll roll itself, then spark it...

  • Bling Nye

    I'm always enthralled with the combination of creativity and sheer laziness pot smoking induces.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I tended to own a few pipes so I never had to learn how to roll a joint and never needed to improvise smoking devices. But... I've made one-hitters out of a soda can (just roll up the can, heat it up while you're not smoking it then be gentle with the lighter when you do smoke).

    I also had roommates in college who were really good at rolling blunts and joints.

    My one favorite smoking device though... was a 1 inch socket with a screen in the bottom glued with heat-resistant glue to a piece of PVC. I think we called it the "ultimate steamroller" or something. I don't remember now. It was a good way to make yourself throw up from toking too hard though.

  • spikedeclue

    Lol. I can relate. I'd spend an hour looking for parts to make a bong before I'd roll a joint most days.

  • The_Wretched

    Pretty good idea other than the scales. The anti-predator yucky scales of bad taste and texture.

  • Bling Nye

    Nature giveth, and nature taketh away.

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