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By on April 26, 2012, with 45 Comments

Just look at that cute, fuzzy little caterpillar. It has such vibrant colors and those spines seem so unintimidating that they’re mere existence is actually kind of adorable.

But, wait a minute… we are on Mighty Optical Illusions blog! An ordinary picture of a caterpillar (no matter how cute it is), would just be weird here. Fortunately, this’s not a little baby butterfly, it’s actually a group of European Bee-eaters cuddling together on a small tree branch. The birds do look so much like a caterpillar though, that photographer José Luis Rodríguez named the image Oruga de Plumas, or “caterpillar of feathers.”

That Caterpillar Keeps Chirping


45 Responses
  1. Ingrid says:


  2. Putri says:

    awww..they’re cute!

  3. Donna says:

    They’re so cute. I want them!

  4. Stawolf1001 says:

    ok that is a good one

  5. 2NE1 says:

    so cute love it

  6. Glenn in SF says:

    Wonderful picture! Thank you!!

  7. klikmac says:

    This is so cool- can it be done with any thing else? :) ;)

  8. Mary says:

    I thought it was a caterpillar till I saw the title. Beautiful

  9. David says:

    WOW! I think this is the best illusion I’ve ever seen on MOI

  10. Steve says:

    Sorry, all I saw when I looked at it was birds. I can see a Caterpillar now it’s pointed out, but not originally.

  11. Guy says:

    The tail kinda gives it away

  12. Sakura says:

    The birdies are soooooooo cute!!! :3

  13. Spencejah says:

    I dunno about you guys, but I saw the birds first. Then when I saw the title, I thought it was a caterpillar that looked like a bunch of birds…but it wasn’t.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Very Cool Love it !! I would love a picture of this to hang on my wall , it is really cool

  15. errietta says:

    love love love love love!!!!!!

  16. Cooper says:

    At first i thought it was a caterpillar that looked like birds…
    still cool though

  17. Stawolf1001 says:

    cool, I just sent this to my mother and the first things she said was “What a pretty caterpillar.”

  18. Ash says:

    Saw the birds right away but CUTE!!! =)

  19. AmetuerAspirant says:

    props to the birdwatch who got this shot!

  20. AC says:

    I do not see any caterpillar?

  21. erin8ball says:

    if that’s an acttual picture i want to know how they took it with out scareing the birds!

  22. ~* Eli *~ says:

    I thought it was a caterpillar with spikes…

  23. billyg420 says:

    That’s one of the coolest pictures I’ve ever seen!

  24. Spotte says:

    I think it must work better as a thumbnail.
    I have the MOI as a thing on my iGoogle home page, and every single time I’ve seen the picture from there, I see it as a caterpillar

  25. Phil says:

    Def works well as thumbnail, saw caterpillar when saw it on google, took me a little while to work out what the title meant then saw the birds! Is a really good one actually.

  26. shelby says:

    like what most people have said ADORABLE !!!!!

  27. Consuela says:

    An avion species of like plumage congregates…
    I love this pic so much I took a shot of it with my phone & made it my wallpaper.

  28. RN says:

    Very neat natural illustion.

  29. Alex Deffendall says:

    Cute very cute!

  30. Barry says:

    It looked like birds from the start…bit like that Pixar animation.

  31. auntem says:

    Good one!!

  32. Victor says:

    It’s THEIR existence, not they’re existence.

  33. Jenny says:

    fooled me!

  34. Rach says:

    OMG its a catipiler but sooooooo cute

  35. Chenoa Zephyra says:

    Awwww so cute! I love nature <3<3

  36. why me!?!? says:

    Awwwww! adorable! I wish some cardinals would do that right outside my house! :)

  37. Gaia says:

    at first i was like “eww, caterpillar…”
    Then I was like “Awwww! Birdies!”

  38. Jay says:


  39. Dave K says:

    I see only birds. I can’t see a caterpillar even when I try to.

  40. 2NE1 says:

    guys the birds look like birds but its a CATERPILLER but i do admit it is cute and agree with Dave k

  41. Doug says:

    I had no idea I was looking at birds until I got to the point in the article when I was told what I was lookig at, so, wow!!!!

  42. Shahriarzadeh says:

    Where is the caterpillar?

  43. waffle says:

    its adorable!!!!!! i wuv wuv wuv it<3

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