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Date: 08/17/10 02:02 PM

64 Responses to Carnivorous Caterpillar Is Hungry

  1. Profile photo of LTimeLurker
    LTimeLurker Female 18-29
    723 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 1:35 am
    Link: Carnivorous Caterpillar Is Hungry - I just kept imaging that I was the fly. I think I`ll stay in the house today.
  2. Profile photo of a1butcher
    a1butcher Male 40-49
    4812 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    I need a few of the near my garbage dump.
  3. Profile photo of DeathToLems
    DeathToLems Female 18-29
    1435 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    oh god! what the... im just glad they are so small. thats freaky! and handy if youre a fruit thats got an infestation of fruit fly. hmm
  4. Profile photo of DeanoBoz
    DeanoBoz Male 40-49
    195 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm
    Dear Caterpillar, welcome to the "Epic Creature Club". Congratulations.
  5. Profile photo of Tris445
    Tris445 Male 13-17
    1 post
    August 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    oh my god yea im never gonna climb a tree agen :S
  6. Profile photo of craigarlen
    craigarlen Male 18-29
    72 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm
    As awesome as that is, I think I`m going to have some disturbing dreams tonight...
  7. Profile photo of tinkerwing
    tinkerwing Female 18-29
    90 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    That caterpillar went - CUUUUURRRRLLLL *NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM* :S
  8. Profile photo of piperfawn
    piperfawn Male 30-39
    4888 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    Wow nature is so amazing all this functions on a so little "brain".
  9. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    Any biologists in that can explain to me why separated islands give rise to quirkier evolutionary traits?
  10. Profile photo of oxyl
    oxyl Male 30-39
    915 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    lol those things are a few mm long
  11. Profile photo of Tisjokar
    Tisjokar Male 18-29
    985 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    Teh Crawwww
  12. Profile photo of Sieging
    Sieging Male 13-17
    123 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm
    "Vice-like hold"
    Haha.
    Ha.
  13. Profile photo of GeniusSolar
    GeniusSolar Male 13-17
    158 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    Oooooohhhhhhhh......
    drat!!!
  14. Profile photo of snowshovel
    snowshovel Male 18-29
    17 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    @Baalthazaq:

    They probably seem "quirky" simply because they are isolated. Any bizarre traits that evolve on the mainland will spread everywhere and become widespread - hence not "quirky". For example, bats using echolocation to navigate is pretty far out - but bats do that everywhere, so it doesn`t seem weird to anyone.

    I suspect there may also be reasons for evolutionary development to be accelerated in isolated ecosystems (reduced risk of predation perhaps?) but as I`m not an expert I`m not sure about that
  15. Profile photo of Nick98
    Nick98 Male 13-17
    16 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Baalthazaq
    Male, 18-29, Asia
    3288 Posts Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:37:45 PM
    Any biologists in that can explain to me why separated islands give rise to quirkier evolutionary traits?



    Because on large places with different environments connecting the species in one environment mates with the ones from other environments making one rounded not very specialized race. On small islands they all are from the one single environment so they get really specialized.
  16. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm
    Well I thought about that, part of the problem is "quirky" is subjective. So I`m looking for something better defined.

    Do biologists have a way of quantifying evolutionary traits?

    For example, why are so many marsupials in Australia? Common ancestor? If not a common ancestor, doesn`t that raise a hell of a lot of questions?
  17. Profile photo of cobrakiller
    cobrakiller Male 18-29
    7426 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    thats awesome, i want one as a pet. i could watch him feed all day.
  18. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
    4683 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    @Baalthazaq- This should answer your marsupial question.
  19. Profile photo of mmill928
    mmill928 Female 18-29
    275 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm
    @Baalthazaq
    It has a lot to do with smaller, isolated populations. If the population is small and doesn`t interbreed with mainland populations, any advantageous mutation will take over much more quickly than it would in a large, interbreeding population. Specialization happens much quicker in smaller populations. And if they never go to the mainland, we think they`re `weird` because we don`t see them everywhere.
  20. Profile photo of Theyoyoguy
    Theyoyoguy Male 18-29
    462 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm
    0:17-0:23 was epic.
  21. Profile photo of Baalthazaq
    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
    4548 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    Awesome. Thanks.
    IAB > Yahoo answers.
  22. Profile photo of Ace_Mazta
    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
    699 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    im just a fly walking on a lea--OH SH*T!!
  23. Profile photo of rbt_food
    rbt_food Male 18-29
    322 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    that was pretty creepy.
    it`s like a flies version of a scary movie
  24. Profile photo of dramaeco
    dramaeco Male 18-29
    305 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm
    IIII`LL take that, thank you very much.
  25. Profile photo of Ogen
    Ogen Male 18-29
    441 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm
    Awesome, pure awesome.
  26. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm
    i guess om nom nom nom is in order!
  27. Profile photo of ScottSerious
    ScottSerious Male 18-29
    5316 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:18 pm
    that was insane
  28. Profile photo of Rick_S
    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3275 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm
    As far as I`m concerned, there are not enough ways for a fly to die.
  29. Profile photo of frajola
    frajola Female 18-29
    99 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    That caterpillar is drating tiny!
  30. Profile photo of rbt_food
    rbt_food Male 18-29
    322 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    that was pretty creepy.
    it`s like a flies version of a scary movie
  31. Profile photo of popo38
    popo38 Female 13-17
    335 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    one word: EVOLUTION!
    no god exists.
  32. Profile photo of elliebraap
    elliebraap Female 13-17
    23 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm
    *shiver*
  33. Profile photo of TheTrees
    TheTrees Male 13-17
    258 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 4:58 pm
    Feel bad for the flys. They`re getting slowly eaten alive.
  34. Profile photo of DrunkStepdad
    DrunkStepdad Male 40-49
    206 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    Flies really don`t taste all that bad.
  35. Profile photo of Kaagan
    Kaagan Male 18-29
    1596 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm
    damn now i want to play starcraft
  36. Profile photo of adlinbaby
    adlinbaby Female 18-29
    404 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    eek
  37. Profile photo of Fartman51
    Fartman51 Male 13-17
    67 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    That is so awesome! I wonder if they`re legal pets...
  38. Profile photo of bananajojo
    bananajojo Female 18-29
    1401 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm
    awesome.
  39. Profile photo of TxP
    TxP Female 70 & Over
    1192 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm
    up in the mountains i dared my friend to poke this yellow and black fuzzy one with a stick, (which i feel like you arent supposed to do haha) and that thing swiped at her like it thought it was a tiger! i thought it would scuttle away but she kept poking it and it was out for blood man :S
  40. Profile photo of last-iconOC
    last-iconOC Male 13-17
    152 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm
    that was pretty cool!
  41. Profile photo of POPEDJoKeR
    POPEDJoKeR Male 13-17
    37 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 10:01 pm
    i live in Hawaii, and i am just now learning about this? WTF?
  42. Profile photo of Jui37
    Jui37 Female 18-29
    463 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm
    That was so cool!
    And popo38-your pic seriously just made my entire week. GWay is so sexy ;)
  43. Profile photo of eskimo9
    eskimo9 Male 18-29
    703 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 10:17 pm
    goddammit, is there nothing in nature that doesn`t want to kill me? first trees, then honey-badgers, now this?
  44. Profile photo of flyingpie
    flyingpie Male 13-17
    472 posts
    August 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm
    i can see this being the next 3-d horror movie
  45. Profile photo of Luniz82
    Luniz82 Male 18-29
    588 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 12:07 am
    Creepy stuff man..
  46. Profile photo of jeffcomedy
    jeffcomedy Male 30-39
    178 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 1:17 am
    Camouflage Bugs FTW!
  47. Profile photo of paddy215
    paddy215 Male 18-29
    1677 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 4:25 am
    Does it turn into some sort of killer butterfly? Cause that would be cool.
  48. Profile photo of tchaiky
    tchaiky Female 18-29
    227 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 4:47 am
    gosh that`s scary
  49. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 6:42 am
    Its not like he can go to McDonalds.
  50. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5196 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 6:50 am
    IAB - Post a note, right with the comments reply section, that says "All advertisers will be charged $5000 for posting ads in the comments." Then invoice "dearsales" and the others posting advertising. You have every legal right to remuneration from this.
  51. Profile photo of mr2020
    mr2020 Male 40-49
    4 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 7:29 am
    I`d hate to meet him in a dark alley!
  52. Profile photo of Gortrok
    Gortrok Male 18-29
    773 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 8:20 am
    Make that thing 500 times normal size, stick it in a forest at night, and you got yourself one awesome horror movie :D
  53. Profile photo of NewYorkHippi
    NewYorkHippi Female 13-17
    151 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 11:48 am
    wow what if that was my finger? ouch...
  54. Profile photo of darkgear6
    darkgear6 Male 70 & Over
    1378 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm
    saw it on wimp, like everything on here
  55. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    Oh man! this things like a facegrabber in alien now Im gonna have nightmares.
  56. Profile photo of deathxtra
    deathxtra Male 13-17
    2791 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    now make it 15 feet tall, disguise it as a dying tree, and you`ve got yourself a nightmare.
  57. Profile photo of RepostPolice
    RepostPolice Male 13-17
    190 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    It reminds me of one of the plants from James Cameron`s Avatar
  58. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 4:25 am
    Thats fair play - tachinid flies lay their larvae in caterpillars. The young larvae hatch inside the caterpillar and slowly eat their host alive.

    Here`s tachina fera, cute eh?


  59. Profile photo of Howler81
    Howler81 Male 30-39
    321 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 11:52 am
    Wow. Darkgear6 sees everything at IAB on wimp and yet has posted on this site 650 times. Seems like a waste of his time...
  60. Profile photo of dognesss_666
    dognesss_666 Male 18-29
    103 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm
    that was way cool. learn somethin` new every day.
  61. Profile photo of IllusionWC
    IllusionWC Male 13-17
    8 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm
    @ deathxtra
    HOLY SHI*
  62. Profile photo of cpolli326
    cpolli326 Female 18-29
    10 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    Still: Caterpillar ass to mouth with fruit fly.
    Label: "Quirky Evolution"
  63. Profile photo of PierreJeanFR
    PierreJeanFR Male 40-49
    1360 posts
    August 20, 2010 at 6:02 am
    thank god/mother nature/evolution that insects/caterpillars are small creatures.
  64. Profile photo of II-Zakk-II
    II-Zakk-II Male 13-17
    1 post
    September 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    It`s like a Jack in the Box of death.

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