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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Ain't Nature Beautiful?
This chap might look like a cuddly caterpillar, but he is actually a ferocious predator. During the days he lurks in rotting logs, venturing out on cool, damp nights to stalk doe delicious invertebrate prey. Using his antennae, he hunts by touch, and when a potential vistim is found, up he rears. Revealing fleshy lips that shoot out sticky streams of glue. These entangle and entrap his pret which he then slashes with his knife like jaws and injects with saliva, waiting for it to semi-digest before sucking it up (and the glue too).
Ick! You can guess I just learnt something. Ain't nature grand?
Labels: atc, invertebrate, new zealand
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Wonderful image! And very informative description that makes me say eewwww....
Love the way you educate and entertain and the same time. :)
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