Carnivorous Caterpillar Is Hungry

Submitted by: LTimeLurker 7 years ago in Science

I just kept imaging that I was the fly. I think I"ll stay in the house today.
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Male 1
It`s like a Jack in the Box of death.
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Male 1,360
thank god/mother nature/evolution that insects/caterpillars are small creatures.
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Female 10
Still: Caterpillar ass to mouth with fruit fly.
Label: "Quirky Evolution"
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Male 8
@ deathxtra
HOLY SHI*
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Male 103
that was way cool. learn somethin` new every day.
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Male 325
Wow. Darkgear6 sees everything at IAB on wimp and yet has posted on this site 650 times. Seems like a waste of his time...
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Male 2,220
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?


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Male 189
It reminds me of one of the plants from James Cameron`s Avatar
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Male 2,788
now make it 15 feet tall, disguise it as a dying tree, and you`ve got yourself a nightmare.
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Male 14,331
Oh man! this things like a facegrabber in alien now Im gonna have nightmares.
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Male 1,378
saw it on wimp, like everything on here
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Female 151
wow what if that was my finger? ouch...
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Male 772
Make that thing 500 times normal size, stick it in a forest at night, and you got yourself one awesome horror movie :D
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Male 4
I`d hate to meet him in a dark alley!
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Male 5,194
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.
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Male 6,693
Its not like he can go to McDonalds.
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Female 227
gosh that`s scary
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Male 1,678
Does it turn into some sort of killer butterfly? Cause that would be cool.
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Male 178
Camouflage Bugs FTW!
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Male 587
Creepy stuff man..
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Male 468
i can see this being the next 3-d horror movie
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Male 703
goddammit, is there nothing in nature that doesn`t want to kill me? first trees, then honey-badgers, now this?
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Female 463
That was so cool!
And popo38-your pic seriously just made my entire week. GWay is so sexy ;)
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Male 37
i live in Hawaii, and i am just now learning about this? WTF?
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Male 151
that was pretty cool!
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Female 1,190
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
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Female 1,401
awesome.
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Male 67
That is so awesome! I wonder if they`re legal pets...
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Female 404
eek
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Male 1,627
damn now i want to play starcraft
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Male 206
Flies really don`t taste all that bad.
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Male 258
Feel bad for the flys. They`re getting slowly eaten alive.
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Female 23
*shiver*
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Female 335
one word: EVOLUTION!
no god exists.
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Male 322
that was pretty creepy.
it`s like a flies version of a scary movie
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Female 99
That caterpillar is drating tiny!
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Male 3,343
As far as I`m concerned, there are not enough ways for a fly to die.
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Male 5,314
that was insane
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Male 25,416
i guess om nom nom nom is in order!
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Male 441
Awesome, pure awesome.
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Male 305
IIII`LL take that, thank you very much.
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Male 322
that was pretty creepy.
it`s like a flies version of a scary movie
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Male 699
im just a fly walking on a lea--OH SH*T!!
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Male 4,546
Awesome. Thanks.
IAB > Yahoo answers.
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Male 462
0:17-0:23 was epic.
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Female 275
@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.
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Male 4,680
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Male 7,839
thats awesome, i want one as a pet. i could watch him feed all day.
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Male 4,546
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?
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Male 16

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.
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Male 17
@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
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Male 158
Oooooohhhhhhhh......
drat!!!
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Male 123
"Vice-like hold"
Haha.
Ha.
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Male 985
Teh Crawwww
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Male 914
lol those things are a few mm long
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Male 4,546
Any biologists in that can explain to me why separated islands give rise to quirkier evolutionary traits?
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Male 5,174
Wow nature is so amazing all this functions on a so little "brain".
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Female 90
That caterpillar went - CUUUUURRRRLLLL *NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM* :S
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Male 72
As awesome as that is, I think I`m going to have some disturbing dreams tonight...
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Male 1
oh my god yea im never gonna climb a tree agen :S
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Male 195
Dear Caterpillar, welcome to the "Epic Creature Club". Congratulations.
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Female 1,435
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
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Male 4,807
I need a few of the near my garbage dump.
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Female 723
Link: Carnivorous Caterpillar Is Hungry [Rate Link] - I just kept imaging that I was the fly. I think I`ll stay in the house today.
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