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#1    Big Bad Voodoo

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:39 PM

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It's been said that the path to overcoming fear is paved with understanding. Normally I'd agree – but when it comes to Hawaii's carnivorous caterpillars, I find myself second-guessing the maxim. Because THESE CATERPILLARS EAT LIVING FLESH. Here's how evolution played this cruel joke on us all.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 07:54 PM

The Hellbeast is a caterpillar?  Am kinda disappointed, Melo.  :(


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:09 PM

I thought this was going to be about my ex-wife...

Then I saw the pic and ...  IT WAS!!!!


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

View PostEldorado, on 19 August 2013 - 07:54 PM, said:

The Hellbeast is a caterpillar?  Am kinda disappointed, Melo.  :(

You are not bound to like anything but imagine you are fly,bee,ant..

View PostTaun, on 19 August 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:

I thought this was going to be about my ex-wife...

Then I saw the pic and ...  IT WAS!!!!

She did grab you like that?

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

Yes, it looks like a terrible claw descending onto the poor old fly. But this is just nature at work. For something to live, something else has to die. It's just the way it is. :)




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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:19 PM

View Postd e v i c e, on 19 August 2013 - 08:16 PM, said:

Yes, it looks like a terrible claw descending onto the poor old fly. But this is just nature at work. For something to live, something else has to die. It's just the way it is. :)

Yes but this thing is awfull.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:22 PM

View PostMelo, on 19 August 2013 - 08:19 PM, said:

Yes but this thing is awfull.

Well, maybe if it wasn't capturing a meal, and was just wiggling around as caterpillars do, you might actually grow quite fond of it?




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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:24 PM

View Postd e v i c e, on 19 August 2013 - 08:22 PM, said:

Well, maybe if it wasn't capturing a meal, and was just wiggling around as caterpillars do, you might actually grow quite fond of it?

Perhaps, this is vicious animal. Tricky and ugly...definition of demon.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:27 PM

View PostMelo, on 19 August 2013 - 08:24 PM, said:

Perhaps, this is vicious animal. Tricky and ugly...definition of demon.

Okay, I know what you mean. And it's true; life is quite ugly sometimes.




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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

I read somewhere that if there were no predators of the common housefly.. A single pair would produce enough offspring (and their generations) to make a mound 15 feet deep roughly the size of Germany in one year...

So to this ugly little catepillar I say... "Chow down!"


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:32 PM

Perhaps, Hell BUG, would have been more apropos as a title.  Beast tends to make one envision a larger, more ferocious creature and not one you can swat with your shoe.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:33 PM

It's a fly, fgs!  Good on the caterpillar, is what I say.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:36 PM

View PostEldorado, on 19 August 2013 - 08:33 PM, said:

It's a fly, fgs!  Good on the caterpillar, is what I say.

No doubt!  It's a marvelous shot, none the less!

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

View PostMelo, on 19 August 2013 - 08:24 PM, said:

Perhaps, this is vicious animal. Tricky and ugly...definition of demon.

By our standards some would call it that but nature is that way. To us it may seem cruel but to the caterpillar it is just trying to survive.

Still, that is pretty amazing. Thanks for posting that. We learn something new about the real world every day. I am thankful for science.


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Posted 19 August 2013 - 08:37 PM

It's a far cry from this one :D

http://en.wikipedia....gry_Caterpillar

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