That Caterpillar Keeps Chirping

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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.”

  • Ingrid

    OH MY LAWD.
    Adorable.

  • Putri

    awww..they’re cute!

  • Donna

    They’re so cute. I want them!

  • Stawolf1001

    ok that is a good one

    • Natasha

      Yeah, very good.

  • 2NE1

    so cute love it

  • Glenn in SF

    Wonderful picture! Thank you!!

  • klikmac

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

  • Mary

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

  • David

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

  • Steve

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

  • Guy

    The tail kinda gives it away

  • Sakura

    The birdies are soooooooo cute!!! :3

  • Spencejah

    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.

  • Jennifer

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

  • errietta

    love love love love love!!!!!!

  • Cooper

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

  • Stawolf1001

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

  • Ash

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

  • AmetuerAspirant

    props to the birdwatch who got this shot!

  • AC

    I do not see any caterpillar?

  • erin8ball

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

  • I thought it was a caterpillar with spikes…
    I WANT THE BIRDS.

  • billyg420

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

  • Spotte

    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

  • Phil

    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.

  • shelby

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

  • Consuela

    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.

  • Very neat natural illustion.

  • Alex Deffendall

    Cute very cute!

  • Barry

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

  • auntem

    Good one!!

    • Rach

      I Know right

  • Victor

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

  • Jenny

    fooled me!

  • Rach

    OMG its a catipiler but sooooooo cute

  • Chenoa Zephyra

    Awwww so cute! I love nature <3<3

  • why me!?!?

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

  • Gaia

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

  • Jay

    Awesome

  • Dave K

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

  • 2NE1

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

  • Doug

    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!!!!

  • Shahriarzadeh

    Where is the caterpillar?

  • waffle

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

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