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This article was published on January 19, 2012

    Plants are for wussies: Watch this carnivorous caterpillar attack live meat with its fangs

    Plants are for wussies: Watch this carnivorous caterpillar attack live meat with its fangs
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Remember the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar? In one week, the caterpillar eats through a single red apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, and five oranges, chocolate cake, ice-cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, a sausage, a cupcake, and a slice of watermelon. Eventually, it realizes that it’s overdone itself and decides to stick to salad before turning into a butterfly.

    In real life, caterpillars just eat leaves. They are generally harmless creatures that sometimes turn into beautiful butterflies. Well, the BBC shot some incredible footage of a meat-eating caterpillar in Hawaii, which was featured in its show the South Pacific, Episode 1. Ocean of the Islands. This footage is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and it somehow terrifies me in the same way that Vampire bats, poisonous snakes and Great White Sharks tend to do.

    Consider this your healthy dose of science for the day. Watch this carnivorous caterpillar attack flying bugs with its scary fangs below: