Carnivorous caterpillars?


When most people think about caterpillars they think cute green worms crawling slowly up their arms. This caterpillar tries to break the mold!

Remember the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar? In one week, the caterpillar eats through a single red apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, and five oranges, chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, and a slice of watermelon. Eventually, it realizes that it’s overdone itself and decides to stick to salad before turning into a butterfly.

In real life, caterpillars just eat leaves. They are generally harmless creatures that sometimes turn into beautiful butterflies. Well, the BBC shot some incredible footage of a meat-eating caterpillar in Hawaii, which was featured in its show the South Pacific, Episode 1. Ocean of the Islands. This footage is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and it somehow terrifies me in the same way that Vampire bats, poisonous snakes and Great White Sharks tend to do.

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Leigh site profile image  

8/20/13 5:33 AM by Leigh

There is another caterpillar with a tough leather shell that strolls into ant nests and just starts mauling them.

soremano site profile image  

8/19/13 5:24 PM by soremano

got nothing on the main man

ShamusO'nyou site profile image  

8/19/13 3:55 PM by ShamusO'nyou


Col Angus site profile image  

8/19/13 3:33 PM by Col Angus

Glad those fuckers are small.

Dominated site profile image  

8/19/13 3:26 PM by Dominated

Voted up!!

The_KoJ site profile image  

8/19/13 3:21 PM by The_KoJ

I for one welcome our new caterpillar overlords.

Angle 5 site profile image  

8/19/13 3:20 PM by Angle 5

How fast is that in real time? Looks like the next funded DARPA project. Fruit flies can be dumb and slow (and it didn't help it was turned the other way), but that other fly should be faster and more reactive, especially since it was staring right at the attacker.

zebers3 site profile image  

8/19/13 3:20 PM by zebers3

FUCK that noise.