Presenting One of Nature’s Carrollian Oddities: The Mad Hatterpillar

Now of course, any Alice fan worth his or her salt knows that finding an oddball caterpillar in Wonderland is par for the course.  But the Huffington Post has a photo of a real caterpillar that not even John Tenniel could have dreamed up.

Apparently, as it grows, it stacks its old, outgrown heads on its current head as a kind of weird hat.  No one is quite sure why.  Protection?  Mating? Warning?  Fashion?  We’re quite confident that Lewis Carroll would have been delighted, whatever the reason.

To see this unusual and remarkably curious creature, click the illustration or click here.