Nature Blows My Mind! Beautiful But Dangerous Caterpillars

Mind-Blowing Caterpillars

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Who would think that of all the things that could get you while out walking in the wild (or even the garden), caterpillars would be on the list? But sure enough, these critters have come up with amazing ways to avoid becoming lunch.

Some caterpillars will go to surprising lengths to protect themselves and their food from predators, including weaving giant webs as long as 20 feet that act like a safety tent. However, the more popular tactic is to become as garish and as poisonous as possible, and that includes hairs and spines that pack a toxic punch. The fact that something that seems so innocuous as a leaf-eating larvae could be such a poisonous piece of work is indeed mind-blowing.

Click through to learn about the caterpillars you never want to touch.