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Nature's Wonders Sneak Peek Thread


Interesting, isn't it? Caterpillars pretending to be something else. Here's one, a very poisonous caterpillar, the puss caterpillar, pretending to be President Trump's toupee (Megalopyge opercularis):

President Trump' toupee:

And here is a little bird nestling that pretends to be a poisonous caterpillar, the very same President Trump's toupee caterpillar, a Laniocera hypopyrra nestling:
cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra).jpg

Laniocera hypopyrra nestling development in lowland Amazonian forest in southeastern Peru. a, Day 1, nestling with long orange
barbs with white tips. b, Day 4, nestling in nest next to unhatched egg. c, Day 9, nestling feathers have started to emerge and eyes have
started to open. d, Day 14, most of the body feathers have completely emerged, eyes are completely open, and wing feathers are emerging.
e, Day 18, all body feathers have completely emerged, and the wing feathers are ~90% emerged. f, Caterpillar (Megalopygidae) in the area
that matches the nestling’s plumage characteristics.

It even moves like a caterpillar! See here: https://phys.org/news/2014-12-amazonian-bird-chicks-mimic-poisonous.html


Ken Gilliland

HW3D Exclusive Artist
Cool looking caterpillars and birds...

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I guess I'm far enough along to let the cat out of the bag and share a couple WIP renders of my "secret" project. I'm still working on the textures and adding in more species/morphs
Yes, Janet, one of your guesses was right :)

The default species for the base set...young Red-eared Sliders. I still need to add the displacement to the shell on this. The slider will be the only species in the base set but will have adult, youngster and old textures (the species dulls and darkens with age).


and the Desert Tortoise from "Volume I: Tortoises of the World". Other species will include the Russian tortoise, Yellow-footed tortoise, Leopard Tortoise, Common tortoise, Hermann's tortoise and Kleinmann's tortoise. ...and yes, the tortoise is in my Sagebrush Habitat and Habitat Extender which is pretty much their natural habitat. I will probably be adding an additional plant set with White Sage (Salvia apiana) and Desert Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua). The mallow is a favorite food of desert tortoises.

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HW3D President
Staff member
Oh yeah baby. So cool to see this work of yours coming together! Loving it all.

Let me know when it's okay to share these images. Would love to get them out on FaceBook for more to see, and link them back to this thread.


Contributing Artist
That's so awesome! My neighbor son's had a tortoise and she watched it over the winter once while it was hibernating. It slept in a box under her bed. Once it woke up I saw it eating strawberries and it's cheeks would turn red! I can't wait to make this guy walk!


HW3D President
Staff member
Agreed. This last project of Ken's is really nice. So robust. He's got it working very well. Love seeing it in the shell too.

Ken Gilliland

HW3D Exclusive Artist
Will it have an option for the Eastern Box Tortoise and any other type of Box Tortoise? I'm partial to the Eastern's as they are natives to my area in Ohio :)
Yes, I am planning to do that species in Volume II

Here's my plan (and as always, I do a mix of both popular and endangered species)

Nature's Wonders Turtle (Base Set)
Red-eared Slider (Juvenile, Adult, Mature), Trachemys scripta elegans, Southern United States, LC

Turtles of the World v1: Tortoises
Russian tortoise, Agrionemys horsfieldii, Eurasia, VU
Yellow-footed tortoise, Chelonoidis denticulatus, South America, VU
Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, SW United States, VU
Leopard Tortoise, Stigmochelys pardalis, S Africa, LC
Common tortoise, Testudo graeca, Eurasia, VU
Hermann's tortoise, Testudo hermanni, Europe, NT
Kleinmann's tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni, Africa, CR

Turtles of the World v2: Turtles of the United States
Common Snapping Turtle, Chelydra serpentina, Eastern United States, LC
Painted Turtle, Chrysemys picta, North America, LC
Bog turtle, Glyptemys muhlenbergii, NE United States, CR
Black-knobbed map turtle, Graptemys nigrinoda, Southern United States, NT
Alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, SE United States, VU
Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, Southern United States, NT
Eastern Box Turtle, Terrapene carolina, Eastern United States, VU

Turtles of the World v3: Turtles of the Eurasia and Africa
Asian leaf turtle, Cyclemys dentata, SE Asia, NT
European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis, Eurasia, NT
Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, Japan, EN
Striped-neck terrapin, Mauremys caspica, Eurasia, LC
African helmeted turtle, Pelomedusa subrufa, Africa, LC
West African mud turtle, Pelusios castaneus ,Africa, LC
Black marsh turtle, Siebenrockiella crassicollis, SE Asia, VU
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