Maybe some of you will smile at these photos! Some will be scared, or some will say yikes. For those who felt the last, I have something for you at the end to neutralize that response. Smile and have a nice day!
Are you deceived by its looks? Did your brain tell you it is a snake? I am sure it did at instance because that is what this creature is portraying in its fight for survival. Not many predators will eat a snake, do you agree?
But we are not its predators, so corrected our first response! I kept on touching it to see its response, but other than withdrawing the extension of the snout, it did not make any movement at all. Those eyes are not real eyes, they are there to scare its predators. Maybe evolution has to explain what happened in its past as a species, which eventually responded to the environment by producing those designs mimicking a snake head! I also wonder how many centuries passed before it got that strategy for survival.
This is an ordinary beetle, less than an inch in body length. I tell you it is not as alien-looking as this in real life. It even looked so pitiful because it cannot walk fast on the tiled floor. And it cannot fly either maybe because it banged its head several times looking for the opening to get out. After taking the shots i let it out of the window.
This is the promised neutralizer for those of you who did not want to look at the first two photos. This is a red plumbago.