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Jul. 30, 2010

Silk

It's smooth, slippery, and strong -- but despite the efforts of many researchers, spiders and caterpillars do it best. We'll talk about silk.

materials science, silk, fiber, spider

Feb. 06, 2009

Caterpillar Mimicry

How does a parasitic caterpillar survive inside an ant nest? According to research published this week, it sounds like a queen ant.

ant, caterpillar, butterfly, mimic

Mar. 26, 2010

Tracking an Amphibious Caterpillar

Several newly-discovered species of caterpillar in Hawaii function equally well in water or on land.

caterpillar, amphibious, water, insect

Nov. 08, 2013

The Myth of the Woolly Bear

Can woolly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?

woolly bears, caterpillars, moth, winter, groundhog, punxsutawney, punxsutawney phil

Sep. 09, 2011

A Virus That Affects Caterpillar Behavior

A virus known as baculovirus sends caterpillar climbing for the treetops.

caterpillar, gene, virus, brain, gypsy moth

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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