From "bleeding" fungi to super furry caterpillars, it's safe to say that nature produces some weird things. Often, these creatures or natural phenomena seem to be reflected in man-made objects, so we've collected some of nature's most bizarre creations and compared them to physically similar items. Take a look below and see if you can tell which ones come from Mother Nature.

 

Puss caterpillar

The puss caterpillar, which lives in the southern U.S. and parts of Central America, may look cuddly (and rather toupee-like), but try to resist petting one. The insect’s “fur” contains venomous spines that cause painful reactions in human skin upon contact. The furry skin acts as a protective covering for the larva, and even its molted skin can cause a reaction when touched by humans.

 

'Carrion flower'

The largest individual flower in the world, Rafflesia arnoldii is native to the rain forests of Sumatra Island and grows to a diameter of 3 feet and can weigh up to 24 pounds. The flower produces no leaves stems, or roots, and it lives as a parasite on a type of vine. Its strong odor of decaying flesh, which attracts flies to pollinate the plant, has earned it the nickname of the “carrion flower.”

 

Flamingo tongue snail

This species of snail used to be common, but its unique markings have made it a target for snorkelers and scuba divers who make the mistake of thinking the bright colors are the animal’s shell. However, the shell is actually plain white — the colors are due to the live mantle tissue that covers the shell.

 

Aye-aye

The aye-aye is the world’s largest nocturnal primate, and it's known for the unique way it finds food. The animal taps on trees to locate insects, then gnaws holes in the wood and inserts a finger to pull its food out. The bizarre-looking animal’s signature trait is its fingers. Its third finger, which is its thinnest, is used to tap on trees, and its fourth finger, which is the longest, is used to pull out insects.

 

Feather frost

This type of frost is created from clusters of thin, curved ice filaments and has the appearance of hair or feathers. The rare phenomenon typically appears on water-logged wood when conditions are just right to allow ice filaments to be pushed from the wood’s pores and frozen.

 

Bleeding tooth fungus

Hydnellum peckii is a type of fungus known for its tooth-like projections that “bleed” a bright red liquid that has anticoagulant properties. Its strange appearance has earned it several descriptive nicknames, including bleeding tooth fungus, strawberries and cream and Devil’s tooth. The fungus is found in North America, Europe and Korea.

 

Butternut woolyworm

Although many mistake it for a caterpillar, the butternut woolyworm is actually the larva of a sawfly. The grub lays its eggs on butternut and black walnut leaves, and fully grown larva are densely covered in white, cottony flocculence.

 

Blobfish

The blobfish’s gelatinous appearance is due to its habitat. It lives off the coasts of Australia at depths of 2,000 to 3,900 feet where the pressure is several times higher than at sea level. Because the blobfish has a density slightly less than water, it can float above the ocean floor without expending energy on swimming. Instead, it simply floats and swallows small invertebrates that float in front of it.

 

Click for photo credits

Photo (puss caterpillar): Caterpillar hunter/flickr

Photo (toupee): greg801/flickr

Photo (Rafflesia arnoldii): Wikimedia Commons

Photo (flower pot): plantomes.com

Photo (flamingo tongue snail): Wikimedia Commons

Photo (nightlight): Susan Stevenson/Shutterstock

Photo (aye-aye): Getty Images

Photo (troll): Todd Huffman/flickr

Photo (frost): Wikimedia Commons

Photo (feather): huddiemm/iStockphoto

Photo (bleeding tooth fungus): Wikimedia Commons

Photo (muffins): Ulga/Shutterstock

Photo (butternut wooly worm): Iowa State University

Photo (cotton): ksena32/iStockphoto

Photo (blobfish): ZUMA Press

Photo (flan): jmarconi/flickr

 

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