The very hungry (and carnivorous) caterpillar


21 Responses to “The very hungry (and carnivorous) caterpillar”

  1. skeptacally says:

    anyone else think: “VAMPIRE!” after the maneuver @ 1.26?

  2. Jenonymous says:

    Am I the only person who is reminded of the “facehuuger” aliens in Alien?

  3. bfarn says:

    I’m sorry, did you say… whistling rats?

  4. bobhughes says:

    As many caterpillars as I’ve played with or seen on video, I’d have never guessed there’d be one that does something like this! Fascinating as hell!

  5. GeekMan says:

    But where’s David Attenborough? :-(

  6. mrtourniquet says:

    Cool stuff. I didn’t realize until now that HD Docs have been a little tainted for me. (Don’t read this next bit if you love documentaries and don’t want to ruin the illusion)

    I was working with a group producing IMAX films, and after they mentioned how loud and annoying the cameras are for IMAX and other HD formats, I asked how they manage to capture all that amazing sound.

    Turns out, they usually don’t. It’s all added in post, rarely from the actual subject. Those cool sounds the caterpillar makes while stretching to the prey are probably fake.

  7. galois says:

    can someone answer something for me? the sound in this video is foley right? or is there a super-sensitive microphone that can actually hear bugs eating?

  8. Nadreck says:

    mammal populations on islands can change their physical appearance and structure at a rate as much as 3.1 times greater than that of mainland mammals.

    Well, that would explain the Brits, the Japanese and the Kiwis.

    I want a windup bank where this caterpillar pops up and hauls the coin into the box.

    It looks terribly like a hand popping up to grab something. So all we need is one more mutation to get a two-headed version and we’ll have opposing thumbs and be ready for tool-making.

  9. Mllerustad says:

    These aren’t the only carnivorous caterpillars out there; harvester butterfly caterpillars are pretty common in the US (East Coast and Midwest) and they primarily eat aphids. It’s a lot easier to pounce on and eat an aphid that a larger winged insect, though…

  10. Anonymous says:

    So is that “creeeeak…snap!” noise genuine, or foley? I’ve often wondered that about nature documentaries.

  11. drewand1200 says:

    NOM NOM NOM’age complete with stealth/camouflage awesomeness!

  12. dethwolf_x says:

    Just goes to show that to find sci-fi, we only need to look closer at whats around us.

  13. Jeffrey S says:

    I love that creaking sound as the caterpillar strikes…

  14. Phikus says:

    Caterpillars, maggots, and grubs of all sorts are basically insect larvae. So when an adult of the species sees one, do they say: Awww how cute! I could just eat you up? Such are the things I ponder.

  15. gwailo_joe says:

    Bullwhip Inchworm of DEATH!!! Serrated scissor mouth and deadly needle tipped feets: “*sproing*, bitches! Death from above: you metamorphosized punk flies can’t see me!”

    I am too amused by this little critter. . .thanks!

    (Does anyone remember a nature show (I saw it maybe 14 years ago) about bees/wasps? Specifically a Japanese wasp that took over other wasps nests or something like that. . .and the larvae were all corpulent and gelatinous with huge goddamn mandibles chompchompchomping away?)

    I’d love to see that one again; ranks right up there with Lions vs. Hyenas. . .

  16. Kiramain says:

    Nice. Kinda reminds me of one of New Zealand’s carnivorous snails

  17. Anonymous says:

    Foley foley foley — the BBC is obsessed by it. “Life”, the last major BBC natural history series, was full of fake sound effects and it distracted from some of the incredible HD footage.

  18. Anonymous says:

    the fearsome Inchmen!

  19. bmcraec says:

    OMG! Can that really be… STEVE COOGAN replacing David Attenborough as the voice of BBC Nature shows?

    You’ve come a long way from Paul & Pauline Calf, Steve! Alan Partridge, Aha! should interview you!

  20. mennonot says:

    It’s amazing to me how often real live creatures pop up that look even weirder and more dramatic then the latest generation of fantasy horror creatures. It just happens at the micro level. I even notice this when staring at an insect on a flower through a macro camera lens.

  21. Will/Nobilis says:

    First thing that popped into my head about this is R-Type, both the biological/ecological term AND the game (specifically the RX-12 from Final). How Odd.

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