Friday, May 20, 2011

What hunts Caterpillars?

As cousins of the Worm, a Caterpillar has many natural Enemies.

Sometimes the Enemies of a Worm and a Caterpillar can be the same.

  • Rodents(youknowwhoyouare)
  • reptiles
  • [the]Bat(s)
  • Birds
  • Spiders
  • nematodes
  • and other insects
 Caterpillars are also very susceptible to Pathogens, and dying from Disease.

Some of the most important pathogens are:

  • [the]Virus(es)
  • bacteria
  • protozoans
  • microsporidians
  • and fungi
But they are not without Defense.

  • stinging hairs 
  • Camouflage
  • Hiding in rolled leaves
  • storage of bad tasting and poisonous Chemicals
  • glands that emit repellent Chemicals
  • an ability to enclose Foreign Bodies
  • flashing bright Colors to startle Predators
  • spitting
  • and feigning Death
But Worms crawl.

Is crawling not similar to Running?

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