This absurdly cute caterpillar is the larva of the Japanese Emperor butterfly (Sasakia charonda) or the Oomurasaki, as it’s known in Japan. This half baby deer-half caterpillar-like creature is probably one of the cutest insects I’ve ever seen. Apparently the Japanese agree with me, as they’ve made the Japanese Emperor butterfly the national butterfly of Japan.
But before it transforms into a beautiful butterfly, the antlered larvae just hang out and feast on hackberries. (Via)
Are you kidding me? It is the :3 emoticon. It is the cutest, oh my god.