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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December 16th, 2016 by David Triplet

During an expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers on the Ocean Exploration Trust’s EV Nautilus came across a weird-looking purple thing. At first, they thought it was garbage, but upon further inspection, they were able to determine that it was a siphonophore. Yes, a siphonophore–everyone’s soon-to-be favorite living colony. Take a look!

1. Garbage? That’s no way to talk about a siphonophore.

2. What if they heard you? They’d probably all be so upset.

3. Yes, they. Siphonophores are made up of multiple creatures.

4. Some of them feed while others swim and none of them have to listen to you call them garbage!

via Huffington Post Check out the video for more siphonophormation.

Seriously, garbage?  You don’t hear the siphonophore making fun of the organisms the researchers live with. Share this post using the button below.

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