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The tip of the Atlas moth's wing is camouflaged to resemble the head of the distinctive cobra snake. When disturbed, the Atlas moth falls to the ground and writhes about to complete the illusion.

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas) ~ the tip of the moth's wing is camouflaged to resemble the head of a distinctive cobra snake. When disturbed, the Atlas moth falls to the ground and writhes about to complete the illusion.

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth

This is the recently discovered poodle moth photographed by taxonomist Dr Arthur Anker during a recent trip to Venezuela. Poodle moth isn't its official name though, that's just what people are calling it until it can be properly classified.

Rosy Maple Moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) photo by vtpeacenik (flickr)   www.carolinanatur... #nature #insects

Rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda) ~ A North American moth of the Saturnidae family. The caterpillar feeds mainly on maples; the adult moths do no eat. They can be quite variable in color, & males.

The cuckoo bee. Shiny, metallic blue or green, with a detailed surface all over their body. They usually don’t sting, and are a type of parasitic wasp.    Their larvae are ectoparasites (external parasites) of other bee and wasp larvae. The name “cuckoo wasp” comes from the fact that this insect, like the cuckoo bird, lays her eggs in the nest of an unsuspecting host.

Their larvae are ectoparasites (external parasites) of other bee and wasp larvae. The name 'cuckoo wasp' comes from the fact that this insect, like the cuckoo bird, lays her eggs in the nest of an unsuspecting host.