watermelon caterpillar (3)

photo: Marlon829, via projectnoah.org

watermelon caterpillar (2)

photo: Marlon829, via projectnoah.org

watermelon caterpillar (4)

photo: Marlon829, via projectnoah.org

Habitat: Australia
Status: No Conservation Concerns

Down by the bay, where the watermelon grows. Back to my home. I dare not go. For if I do. My mother will say, “did you ever see a caterpillar… that looks exactly like a watermelon?”

Anyone remember that Raffi song? Well, here’s a baby moth that perfectly fits with its lyrics. This is the Green Slug Caterpillar (Eloasa symphonistis) which happens to look just like a little watermelon! I would venture to guess that it’s no where near as tasty, though. They reach a length of about 1 cm.

The term ‘slug caterpillar’ comes from the fact that instead of regular legs, which most larvae of moths and butterflies have, these guys have suckers that allow them to pull themselves along much like a slug would. See:

This particular species of caterpillar will transform into a drab-looking brown moth once it’s finished with its sluggy side of life. Say it aint soooo!