With the ability to inject liquid venom into would-be predators – venom that happens to be surprisingly similar to that of wasps, spiders and scorpions – the mottled cup moth caterpillar is an intimidating critter.
If you’re looking for something dangerously stupid, look no further than the delightfully contradictory processionary caterpillar.
These are the caterpillars that horse breeders dread.
This little caterpillar has elaborate mimicry to appear much bigger and scarier than it is.
And the prize for the most convincing video-game character goes to…