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Snail-Eating Caterpillar Astounds Scientists

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posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 06:30 PM
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Researchers observed cateripillars in Hawaii trapping and eating snails. This behavior has never been observed before.

Most caterpillars are content to munch leafy greens and vegetable matter, but these little suckers are predators.

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This is very interesting to me. I wonder if this is a new behavior, or simply a newly observed behavior. It appears only one species of caterpillar is prone to eating mollusks, Hyposmocoma molluscivora. Love that name! hehehe

What do y'all think? Is this a recent adaptation, or an ancient behavior we've jjust now noticed?




posted on Jul, 22 2005 @ 10:14 PM
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thats crazy.. so what kind of butteryfly do they turn into?



posted on Jul, 23 2005 @ 09:30 AM
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so what kind of butteryfly do they turn into?

Apparently,


Hyposmocoma molluscivora is a case-bearing moth


So not a very pretty one.



posted on Jul, 23 2005 @ 10:28 AM
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does the moth version eat snails too?



posted on Jul, 23 2005 @ 10:45 AM
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This might be of help to you folks

www.timesonline.co.uk...



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