That Caterpillar Keeps Chirping


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


  • 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…

  • 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


  • 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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