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    Caterpillar’s Strange Journey

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

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    Scientists have learned that before embarking upon its journey to find a place to turn into a moth, one caterpillar wraps itself in a leaf and goes searching in the dark.

    Scientists have learned that before embarking upon its journey to find a place to turn into a moth, one caterpillar wraps itself in a leaf and goes searching in the dark.

    Native to Vietnam, the forest dweller was actually being studied for something else entirely when this oddity was discovered.

    Researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada were in the process of learning more about the larvae’s self-defense mechanism, which involves the secretion of a putrid liquid.

    One morning several thumping sounds were coming from the container where they were being stored.

    Upon opening the box, it was discovered that the leaf-wrapped caterpillars were jumping.

    The curious researchers moved them to an environment more conducive to observing the unexpected behavior.

    They watched in awe as the caterpillar used its body like a piston to propel it’s wrapped self around the cage.

    In the wild the larvae were observed jumping like that around for three days, enrobed in their leafy darkness, using the sun to navigate to a cooler site appropriate for metamorphosis.

    The leaves not only protect them from predators, they may also provide shade from the warming effects of the sun so a shady, cool place can ultimately be found.