July 24, 2005
Munching Evolution

Ron gets a carniverous no-prize for bringing us news of the discovery of a snail-eating caterpillar:

The five new species of snail-eating Hyposmocoma caterpillars belong to a rather exclusive dinner club among insects, said Rubinoff. Out of at least 150,000 known species of moths and butterflies in the world, there are only about 200 species that are not vegetarians just 0.13 percent.

The story of the discovery itself is pretty amusing too... apparently the biologist who found them literally didn't believe it until he'd seen several "feedings" witnessed by others.

Posted by scott at July 24, 2005 02:38 PM

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