A New Magical Caterpillar Cocoon
Scientists have recently discovered a caterpillar cocoon that has seemingly magical
properties. Professor William Symondson and his team of researchers from Cardiff
University in Wales, UK recently found a unique cocoon in the forests in Borneo that
is made from resin, a sticky substance that can be collected from trees that hardens
over time. Most caterpillars build their cocoon out of silk, sometimes adding in a bit
of plant or fecal matter in order to disguise it. Within these cocoons the caterpillar is
safe from predators as it pupates and changes into its adult winged form.
The resin cocoon has some protective properties never seen before in caterpillar
cocoons. The walls of the glittering white cocoon are covered in a series of sharp
spikes made with the edges of resin flakes. They help to protect the caterpillar
within by adding a physical barrier between the predator and the outside of the
cocoon. But that’s not all this baby does. The resin also contains deadly substances
that can poison predators trying to get at the caterpillar inside. The identity of the
creator of the cocoon is as yet unknown, but the search is in progress.
Have you ever really looked at a caterpillar cocoon? What do you think about these