A Caterpillar Transforms Into A Butterfly

Submitted by: madest 7 years ago in Science

The Houdini of the insect world.
Credits: npr
There are 27 comments:
Male 3,631
win @ beternal - finally finding an application for the term eclosion.
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Male 3,915
fake...obvious edit 18 seconds in
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Male 310
In elementary school when we first learned about this it amazed me.

It still does today.
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Male 592
and if uninterrupted a caterpillar has a 100% success rate of transforming into a butterfly with no mutations or defects.
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Male 234
lol It reminds me of Pokemon.
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Male 2,586
"neat, all of the other butterflies i`ve seen peed when they came out of their coccoon"

It`s not pee, it`s meconium - basically metamorphosis produces waste products and these are excreted after eclosion from the pupa
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Male 2,424
Oh...?
Your silcoon has evolved into a beautifly! Would you like to name it?
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Female 1,593
this seems like it could kick my ass

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Then perhaps you should stay in doors and wear helmets when you walk on uneven surfaces, hmm?
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Male 842
****in` butterflies, how do they work?!
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Male 582
Now off to find Dr Girlfriend!
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Male 9,305
How the drat do they do that anyway?
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Male 51
CATERPIEEE!!!!
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Male 235
this seems like it could kick my ass
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Male 31
I HATE BUTTERFLIES
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Male 1,625
This makes me want to watch Venture Bros.
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Female 1,356
neat, all of the other butterflies i`ve seen peed when they came out of their coccoon
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Male 33

iv`e seen better
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Male 3,014
"That was completely and utterly disgusting."

I can`t say your heart is much better, miss.
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Male 25,416
Cool.
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Female 683
That was completely and utterly disgusting.
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Female 69
@meepmaker

Rofl, you can`t eat Monarch butterflies! They`re toxic!
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Female 1,798
absolutely beautiful :)
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Male 1,547
@vligon
Yes, the wings are held rigid by blood vessels, very similar concept to a boner.

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Male 594
So it pumps its wings up?
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Male 6,693
Bear Grills eats these for breakfast.
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Male 1,834
cool
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Male 7,378
Link: A Caterpillar Transforms Into A Butterfly [Rate Link] - The Houdini of the insect world.
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