Today I learned about β€œdissimilation.” A linguistic phenomenon where people tend to drop an R if it is in the middle of a word and comes before another syllable that has an R. Ex.β€œsuprise”/β€œsurprise,”/β€œforwardβ€β€œforward,” /β€œcatepillar”/β€œcaterpillar,” and β€œpaticular”/β€œparticular.” quickanddirtytips.com/edu…
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was first published in Japan because U.S. printers could not afford the holes and irregular pages. carlemuseum.org/artists/e…
Over the 125 years of the New York Public Library's existence, the most checked-out books are: The Snowy Day, The Cat in the Hat, 1984, Where the Wild Things Are, To Kill a Mockingbird, Charlotte's Web, Fahrenheit 451, How to Win Friends..., Harry Potter 1, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
Caterpillars have structures at the tip of their walking legs called CROCHETS that act like velcro to keep them anchored to surfaces!! thecaterpillarlab.org/sin…
Charles Darwin lost his faith in God after witnessing parasitic wasp larvae devour a caterpillar from the inside out. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of Trigonalidae wasps, which rely on caterpillars eating their eggs to reproduce. Larvae hatch inside the caterpillar's body, feeding on *other* parasites that infest the caterpillar to survive. Alternatively, they wait for a wasp to feed the caterpillar to their young - which they then eat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The word Caterpillar actually means "hairy cat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
Butterflies do not urinate or defecate, but the caterpillar almost continually defecates. When there are enough caterpillars in the same place, their defecation is audible. kidsbutterfly.org/faq/beh…
There’s a type of wasp that lays up to 50 eggs in Caterpillars. When the parasites emerge, the caterpillar not only survives, but will protect them until it dies of starvation. It is important to note that under normal circumstances, these caterpillars would not exhibit any maternal behavior blog.nus.edu.sg/lsm1303st…
The United States has Venomous Caterpillars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meg…
To suppress the pest population, scientists genetically engineered male Diamondback Moths and released them into the wild so that they would mate with females, giving off female offspring which would die during the caterpillar life stage, while the male offspring survive and repeats the cycle. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
In the 1830s a German naturalist named Renous was arrested in San Fernando, Chile for heresy for claiming that caterpillars turned into butterflies. scientificamerican.com/ar…
While less than 1% of caterpillar species are carnivorous, Hawaii has 18 species of carnivorous caterpillars. bugguide.net/node/view/46…
Tim Wong made the first and only successful attempt at singlehandedly repopulating the extremely rare pipevine swallowtail butterfly in San Francisco. In seven years, he cultivated more than 200 pipevine plants (sole food source) and donates thousands of caterpillars to the Botanical Gardens. returntonow.net/2019/04/2…
Over 7 million Colin the Caterpillar cakes have been sold since it was introduced in 1990. It takes 38 people to assemble each cake, & 8,400 kg of sugar each year for the spots. Fans include BoJo, Judi Dench, Liam Gallagher, Taylor Swift, & David Beckham. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned that the Caterpillar Company (bulldozers etc) is trying to make it so that no business can have the word β€œCat” as part of their trademarked name and takes small businesses to court if they try. abc7news.com/business/bat…
The fattest animal on earth is not a manatee or a whale but the 1Β½ inch Miller Moth Caterpillar (aka army cutworms). With 72% body fat it is more calorie-rich than elk or deer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm…
During the chrysalis faze of metamorphosis, a caterpillar digests itself by releasing enzymes that break down all of its tissues. Specialized groups of cells survive the process and use the protein-rich soup to build the adult body parts of the butterfly. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Caterpillars don't "morph" into butterflies. Their bodies turn into a protein 'goop' within their chrysalis and rapid DNA-driven cell-division takes care of the rest. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Myrmica sabuleti, or the Myrmica Ant, is often tricked by a caterpillar species that pretends to be ant larvae. It waits on a thyme leaf until the ants spot it and carry it to their nest, where it then feeds on ant grubs for the next 10 months before emerging as a Large Blue butterfly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myr…
When a hawk moth caterpillar feels threatened, its body swells up taking the shape of a pit viper's head, with two huge black markings appearing as the snakes' eyes. The caterpillar also turns itself over to reveal its belly, completely transforming itself into a menacing predator. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
Caterpillars almost completely digest themselves into a protein rich soup inside their chrysalis and then form their adult body around 'imaginal discs', highly specialized cells that rapidly form into adult parts. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The caterpillar form of the spicebush swallowtail butterfly is considered just as beautiful and interesting as the adult butterfly form. There is a pair of large tan false eyespots with black blotches that serve to ward off birds by mimicking the appearance of a snake's head and body. inthehills.ca/2018/09/spi…
358 millions years ago Earth was in the Carboniferous period, during that age oxygen levels were 15 percent higher than today thanks to the abundance of plant life, which meant scorpions were the size of dogs, a caterpillar was the size of an anaconda and dragonfly's were size of eagles earthlyuniverse.com/10-fa…
The rosy maple moth, native to North America, has a woolly body with delicate silky pink and yellow coloration. The moth's larval caterpillars are known as green-striped mapleworms and they feed on maple leaves. The larvae undergo five instars prior to adulthood whereupon they no longer feed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry…
A San Francisco man saved a threatened butterfly species by replanting rare flora in his backyard, transporting caterpillars to his local botanical garden, where they began to make a comeback vox.com/2016/7/6/12098122…
The arctic woolly bear moth, native to arctic Canada and Greenland, is known for its slow rate of development. Its caterpillar life cycle may extend up to 7 years with molting occurring each spring. While in dormancy, the larvae can withstand temperatures as low as βˆ’70 Β°C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyn…
A German naturalist in the 1830's was arrested for heresy for claiming he could turn caterpillars into butterflies. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Despite completely disintegrating during metamorphosis, butterflies and moths retain memories from when they were caterpillars. theconversation.com/despi…
When caterpillars turn into a chrysalis, their butts drop off youtu.be/b4WYor6UMtU
A species of parasitic wasp, Aleiodes shakirae, was named after Colombian singer Shakira as it causes its host caterpillar to wiggle and move around similar to a belly dancer. species-id.net/w/index.ph…
Today I learned of the Giant Silkworm Caterpillar aka the Assassin Caterpillar. While not technically a caterpillar, the larvae of the Giant Silkworm moth is one of the most deadly insects in the world. When touched it administers venom that would cause a human extreme agony and to bleed out within 15hrs. bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s…
The DR Congo government encourages families to include insects in their children's diet. A health centre offers daily courses on how to cook insects and mothers are encouraged to supplement the diets of their breastfed babies after six months with a porridge made from caterpillar flour newvision.co.ug/new_visio…
Zombie Snails are infected with fluorescent parasite that invades the snail's eyestalks, where it creates a bright pattern and pulsates to imitate a caterpillar which attracts hunting birds. It also controls the snail's movement, 'instructing' it to go out in the open so birds can spot it. wikipedia.org/wiki/Leucoc…
Uraba lugens, The Mad Hatterpillar, is a caterpillar that goes around with its old shedded heads stacked on as hats. wired.com/2013/12/the-mad…
The small elephant hawk moth (Deilephila porcellus) gets its common name for the caterpillar head's resemblance to an elephant's trunk. Hawk moths are also known as sphinx moths because the caterpillar resembles the Great Sphinx of Giza when resting. They are found in Europe and northern Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
If you open up a cocoon, you would not find a butterfly caterpillar hybrid. You would find butterfly goo. A caterpillar completely digests and rebuilds itself. scientificamerican.com/ar…
People ingest zombie caterpillar fungus (cordyceps) as a cure all. youtube.com/watch?v=iV4WH…
Today I learned about a leaf-eating moth caterpillar called Uraba lugens that keeps its old heads whenever it sheds its exoskeleton and stacks them on its head. It is referred to as "The Mad Hatterpillar." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
Today I learned about the Caterpillar Club, made up of people who have successfully used a parachute to bail out of a disabled aircraft. The names refer to the fact that the first parachutes were made of silk, with members receiving a pin in the shape of a caterpillar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
There's a caterpillar, Uraba lugens, called "the mad hatterpillar", becuse it goes around with its old shedded heads stacked on as hats bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
The Assassin Caterpillar has a venom so potent that just brushing against one can cause pain, rash, and bleeding. Touch more than one, they often group together, and symptoms include massive internal hemorrhaging, renal failure, and death. Fortunately, an antivenom is available. pets.knoji.com/the-worlds…
A butterfly can remember the experiences it had as a caterpillar theconversation.com/curio…
The Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) use a fungus that grows in a mummified caterpillar to make a tattoo pigment called āwheto sciencelearn.org.nz/resou…
Eric Carle, the American-born illustrator and writer of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, moved to Germany as a kid in the 1930s, and was conscripted to dig trenches for the German army when he was 15 years old. Now 87 years old, he is one of the youngest surviving WWII veterans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
A Chrysalis and a Cocoon aren't the same thing. A Butterfly Caterpillar makes a Chrysalis by hardening its own skin while a Moth Caterpillar makes a cocoon from debris and its own silk! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pup…
It was proposed that caterpillars and butterflies are two organisms, and the caterpillar dies in the cocoon. npr.org/sections/krulwich…
Today I learned that the only source of food to this Caterpillars is this Touch-Me-Not Seed Pods, but the pods explode as they feed. youtu.be/oJ5dQ_Pdfac
Caterpillars digest themselves into a soupy protein mixture, then grow adult body parts from cells called imaginal discs, using the soup as fuel. scientificamerican.com/ar…

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