Thursday, 22 August 2013

Caterpillar Can Hop for 3 Days in Leafy 'Sleeping Bag'

Hop over, Mexican jumping beans: Scientists have discovered another fascinating caterpillar species with impressive jumping skills.

During its larval stage, the moth Calindoea trifascialis crawls the dry forest floors of southern Vietnam amongst elephants and flying insects, spending most of its time chewing away at a protective, tent-like structure it makes out of leaf parts.

Eventually, when the caterpillar prepares to pupate andmetamorphose into a moth, it rolls itself into a new type of protective leaf structure the thickness of a pinky finger, and then quivers itself onto the forest floor. It proceeds to hop around the forest floor within its leaf-roll for up to three days, directing itself away from sunlight.

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