Image of the Day: On the Attack
Image of the Day: On the Attack
This caterpillar secretes acid to get past the defenses of the plant on which it preys.
Image of the Day: On the Attack
Image of the Day: On the Attack

This caterpillar secretes acid to get past the defenses of the plant on which it preys.

This caterpillar secretes acid to get past the defenses of the plant on which it preys.

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Image of the Day: Whistling Caterpillar
Image of the Day: Whistling Caterpillar
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2018
Nessus sphinx hawkmoth larvae make alarm calls using mechanics similar to rocket engines. 
The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
Mary Bates | Sep 22, 2017
In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Caterpillars Turn to Cannibalism: Study
Abby Olena | Jul 10, 2017
Herbivores may take to omnivory and eat conspecifics when the plants they feed on produce unsavory protective chemicals.
Week in Review: November 2–6
Week in Review: November 2–6
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2015
How Ebola hides from immune cells; gut microbes’ role in immunotherapy response; new mechanisms of hearing loss; butterflies use milkweed toxins to ward off predators
Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins
Butterflies Weaponize Milkweed Toxins
Geoffrey Giller | Nov 4, 2015
Monarch and queen caterpillars store toxic compounds from their milkweed diet to ward off predators into adulthood, a new study suggests.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Amanda B. Keener | Sep 2, 2015
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Really Bad Breath
Really Bad Breath
Abby Olena | Jan 3, 2014
Tobacco hornworms release puffs of nicotine that deter some predators.
Timed Defense
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 16, 2012
Plants’ circadian clocks help them gear for attack by herbivores.