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May 16 2015

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this post has fucked me up more than any other on this site

Okay but no, do you understand what happens to a caterpillar once it’s in its cocoon? It completely turns into goo. That’s right, GOO. The damn thing dissolves and the reforms into the butterfly. Even crazier, the wings of the butterfly are already inside the caterpillar, ready to go, just waiting to float around in some goo and then be a beautiful butterfly. The craziest part?!? A study was done where some caterpillars were exposed to a certain smell and then given an electric shock so eventually the caterpillar associated the smell with the shock. Well after those little hairy noodles came out of the their cocoons as butterflies, they exposed them to the smell again and the butterflies reacted super negatively, as if they were being shocked. A.K.A. not only is there wings floating around in that goo cocoon, there is also a brain, the same, unaltered brain as the caterpillar. The butterfly can recall its days as a caterpillar even after basically being turned into soup. And then it all somehow gets its shit together to be a stupid majestic little beast, and I can’t even remember where I put my damn phone.  

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November 03 2012

The fluffy caterpillars of the family Megalopygidae!

This particular caterpillar was found at Posada Amazonas lodge in Tambopata, Peru, and it is almost a fully grown caterpillar belonging to the family Megalopygidae, also collectively known as Flannel Moths. This family of moths is known for having hairy caterpillars, which look all fluffy, cute and cuddly (doesn't this pic look a bit like Donal...
d Trump's wig? :-D).

And although it may look inviting to you, hidden beneath the soft hairs are poisonous spines. If they are handled the spines may break, releasing a chemical which causes excruciating pain, and will also pierce the skin. It can also cause an extreme allergic reaction resulting in rashes, blisters, inflammation, and breathing difficulty. So, if you're in Peru or anywhere in North America or the New World Tropics where these are usually found, and you come across these, do remember the hidden spines and don't pick it up!

The adults, by comparison, are somewhat dull being blackish or ochreous in colour. (images in Source 1).

1) http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Caterpillar%20-%20Megalopygidae%20or%20Podalia%20sp%20001.htm
2) http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/371426/enlarge
3) http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Lifecycle%205%20-%20larva%20survival.htm
4) http://www.animalsandearth.com/en/photo/view/id/158130-flannel-moth-caterpillar-with-defensive-hairs-megalopygidae-causing-irritation-peru

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this is so fluffy AND deadly i can't even-
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October 10 2012

creepy-crawly adorable

November 06 2011

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August 03 2011

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