“The most extraordinary instance of imitation I ever met with was that of a very large Caterpillar, which ... startled me by its resemblance to a small Snake... [The caterpillar] had on each side a large black pupillated spot, which resembled the eye of the reptile”
- H.W. Bates, 1862
My name is Tom, and I recently completed my PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada where I examined this phenomenon in depth. I will continue posting updates about my ongoing research examining the ecology and evolution of caterpillar eyespots.