Monday, October 15, 2018

Caterpillars Feeding on Exploding Touch-Me-Not Seed Pods

You might think plants just stand still, rooted in place. This clip from BBC Earth uses both stop-motion and slow-motion to show that isn't so. Balsam plants develop seed pods that mature into tension, so that the slightest touch will cause the panels to curl up in and hurl seeds far away. These exploding seed pods are also the sole diet of the netted carpet moth caterpillar. These moths are rare, and you can see why in the video. (via TYWKIWDBI

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