carnivorous caterpillar

rasavenger  asked:

Carnivorous caterpillars?

YES THEY ARE SO GOOD I LOVE THEM. The only carnivorous species of butterfly caterpillar in North American is the Harvester (Feniseca tarquinius). It’s a small lycaenid that feeds on woolly aphids as a caterpillar. Since they are carnivorous they can complete the caterpillar stage in as little as 8 days. Some of the caterpillars will cover themselves in the carcasses of their prey to hide from predators. Sometimes the caterpillars are protected by ants because they mimic the chemicals of the aphids that attract ants. The chrysalis kinda looks like a monkey head.  Adults actually don’t visit flowers but feed on aphid honeydew, poop, and sap! 

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And then there are also carnivorous moth caterpillars. The ones I am most familiar with are native to Hawaii because as a child I used to watch and rewatch a documentary on the native wildlife of Hawaii and there was a sequence with them! They’re several species in the Geometrid genus  Eupithecia (Common name: Pugs). These caterpillars mimic twigs and  they pounce on their prey when hairs on their backs are triggered! These caterpillars had been known to science since the 1880s but it wasn’t untill the 1970s that the carnivorus behavior was observed. They metamorphose into small drab colored moths.

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Here is one of the adult species (Eupithecia orichloris)

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There is also a species of case bearing moth ( Cosmopterigidae: Hyposmocoma molluscivora) on Hawaii that traps snails in silk webbing and eats them alive as caterpillars. Pretty cool huh?  

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bbc.co.uk
Man guilty of capturing and killing UK's rarest butterfly - BBC News
Phillip Cullen caught Large Blues and mounted them for a wall display.

Additional information from another report:
-He was seen trying to catch them at Collard Hill and Daneway Banks, and had two specimens marked CH and DB, which he claimed stood for Cobalt Hue and Dark Blue.
-He could face up to six months in prison because for all our shitty stuff in this country we at least look after the butterflies.

Large blues (Maculinea arion) are, like many other Lycaenids, examples of carnivorous butterflies. The caterpillars trick red ants from the genus Myrmica into accepting them as one of their own with gifts of honeydew and chemical trickery, and once in the ants’ nest they start eating ant larvae, as well as begging for food from adult ants. Amusing as the standard caterpillar-ant interaction is quite the reverse, with caterpillars being attacked by ants, to be fed to the ant larvae.

anonymous asked:

porp what are your favorite birds or bugs or other critters if you ever feel like sharing this information with your loyal slime fans?

Wow a very good question!

Bugs are my favorite! I like aphids, bees, tarantulas, moths, wasps, stag beetles, snails, mantises, and ants. Wasps are probably the most “fuckable” bug. I like carnivorous Eupithecia caterpillars (the ones that mimic twigs but with horrific alien mono-claws) and snowberry clearwings (hummingbird moths).

Plants are my second favorite. Algae, moss, lichen, kudzu…clinging creeping plants that swallow landscapes. Carnivorous plants are also good!

Amphibians and squishy water things are my third favorite. I like lampreys, leeches, jellyfish, anemones, gators. I appreciate stupid looking fish for getting out there and doing their best.

My favorite birds are bats and hummingbirds.

Parasites are very good too!

anonymous asked:

They do not have ammonia like blood! They do have high concentrations of urea in there bodies, as is typical for all sharks and rays, but that's not actually why they're inedible. They have something called trimethylamine n-oxide, which is toxic, and is believed to counteract the negative effects of the urea and aid in keeping proteins stable while under the extreme pressure of the depths these sharks dive to. But I'm not a chemistry person, I'm a parasite nut so that comes mostly from wikipedia

Urea! Thats what I was thinking of, my gosh. Thank you so much anon. Im glad you shared this with me, and the carnivorous caterpillars!

Venus Fly Trap

Originally posted by 3xschwarzerkater

Rated: M

Genre: Smut/ Romance/Angst

Pairings: Bucky Barnes X Reader, Bruce Banner X Reader, Clint Barton X Reader (a little cause he is a happily married man in this one), and Steve Rogers X Reader.

Status: 1/?

Summary: You’ve just got back from a mission when you find a venus fly trap in your room. You can’t figure out who it came from, but you figure its from one of the science guys or Clint — he has a weird obsession with strange plants —so you keep it and every night it releases pollen while you sleep. You begin to feel the effects and fuck all the single people in the tower.

By: bigeyes-redmouth

Here is: Part 2/ Part 3 / Part 4


“I miss the old days when we had competent villains.” Tony complained as he landed on the disabling pad. His machines sprung to life and began to take off his suit, Jarvis listing Tony’s messages. You landed a few meters away, the flames pouring out of you fading away as you headed towards the glass door of the living room. You shot Tony an amused look as he followed. 

“And who was that exactly?” You asked, giggling as you passed a disgruntled Clint and Thor, who were cleaning blue goo off their weapons.  

Some scientist from Ozcorp had released giant carnivorous caterpillars on Manhattan and since the Fantastic Four were out of the country — Reed had finally pulled his head out of his ass and asked Susan Storm to marry him — it was up to the Avengers to handle it.   

Tony paused. It was enough to give Natasha, who entered the living room with Steve and Bucky, the opportunity to flick goo into his hair. Steve gave her an unimpressed look, but when his back was turned Bucky gave the Russian spy a high five.   

“Guess you’re right,” Tony finally said, plopping down on one of the couches. 

“I usually am,” You said, winking at Steve as you passed by him. Steve smiled back, pulling Bucky into the kitchen. Probably to teach the soldier how to make edible food. 

With a quick reminder that Clint was in charge of movie night, you made your way down to your floor.    

As much as you were grateful for your fire powers — Johnny Storm was a cheap knock off compared to you — nothing could get rid of the putrid smell that the caterpillars left behind. You felt bad for the people of Manhattan. 

You were stripping off your suit, dropping your boots at the end of your bed, when you noticed a large venus fly trap on your vanity table. It was unusually large, with little ones growing around it’s stem. 

“What are you doing here?” You cooed, running a finger across it’s leaves. You looked all over your table, hoping to find a note or a card to indicate who could have given this to you, but nothing was out of place. “Looks like the giver wants to remain anonymous." 

You took another quick inventory of your room, before heading to the shower. The stench was getting unbearable. 


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Brownie Butterflies (Miletus sp., Miletinae, Lycaenidae) and Ants

A very strange relationship of sorts exists between butterflies of the Miletinae Lycaenid subfamily (in this case, the Brownies) and ants - a relationship that allows the adult butterfly and its caterpillars to sit nonchalantly amongst throngs of ants in what would otherwise be a death sentence.

Firstly, the Miletinae caterpillars are carnivorous and feed on sap-sucking Hemipterans such as aphids and mealy bugs. Ants “farm” and defend the same beasts for their sweet nutritious honeydew. So these two worlds inevitably collide.
It has been postulated that the caterpillars (and clearly adult butterflies) have some kind of chemo-mimicry that render themselves ‘invisible’ to the ants. As far as the ants are concerned, the butterflies and caterpillars are perceived as just other ants in the colony.

Strangely, although the caterpillars and adult butterflies of the Miletinae derive 'protection’ from the ants, they give nothing back in return. On top of that, the adult butterflies partake of the honeydew that are secreted by the aphids and mealy bugs, and their caterpillars feed on the ants’ source of food.

So it is hardly fair, but the only losers are the caterpillar’s meals.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese butterflies on my Flickr site HERE…..