22 July 2005

Carnivorous caterpillars


They've found a caterpillar which eats snails. Most caterpillars munch on leaves and the like, and a very few eat small insects, but this one is in a class by itself.

There's a picture I wish I had to illustrate this with. Fans of Walt Kelly's comic strip Pogo (and I know there's at least one such fan other than myself) may remember an episode where a butterfly got outfitted with false teeth, whereupon he promptly bit the mailman. Mailduck, rather. Anyway, it'd be a funny image to have here. You'd at least smile a little.