May 4th, 2017 by admin

When it comes to the cutest, cuddliest members of the insect kingdom, which species do you think of? If you’ve seen Pixar’s A Bug’s Life, then you probably think of caterpillars.

Sure, they’re still bugs, but they’re undeniably adorable. That being said, allow me to burst your bubble for a moment. There’s a caterpillar out there that has a taste for flesh.

See that fly in the photo below? Things don’t end well for this critter.

The blur behind it is actually a carnivorous caterpillar that’s native to Hawaii.

The poor thing didn’t stand a chance.

What’s even more interesting is that other members of this caterpillar genus, Eupithecia, are herbivores elsewhere in the world. Those of the carnivorous variety have been seen chewing holes in leaves, but they typically only do this to create vantage points from which they can stalk their prey.

You can see one in action in the video below.

(via IFL Science)

While these caterpillars don’t feed on human flesh, I wouldn’t put it past them to try it out. Who knows? Maybe they’ll evolve into man-eating bugs one day. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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February 8th, 2017 by Max Watson

Nature is an unendingly complex machine that drives everything on this planet. Just when we think we have part of it figured out, something new is discovered and it changes everything. Other times, nature can be just downright weird. Take, for example, what happened to this poor car parked on the streets of Rotterdam in the Netherlands back in 2014…

Normally, leaving your car parked on the street would be no big deal in Rotterdam. This, however, was no normal weekend.

The owner of the red Honda came back on Monday to find his car was covered in what looked like spiderwebs. Talk about a nightmare, right?

However, if you look closer, you can see that the creators of the web aren’t actually spiders at all. No, in fact they’re moth larvae, aka caterpillars.

And it wasn’t just the car that was covered in them, the whole street was coated from top to bottom in caterpillar webs.

Turns out, this happens when multiple female caterpillars lay their eggs in the same tree. When the eggs hatch, a chain reaction of sorts can occur as thousands of young moths create webs for protection against predators while they look for food.

While the process is completely natural, that doesn’t make it any less freaky. If you’re looking for information about this particular caterpillar growth explosion, make sure to check out the documentary below.

(via Reddit)

One caterpillar is totally fine with me. It’s when there is a swarming bunch of them that I start to get freaked out. If I were that guy, I would just burn my car for the insurance money.

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