Synchronized Caterpilling! …Or is it?

It’s quite amazing, from this photo it seems like the caterpillars – discovered by Ukranian photographer Aleksandr Chorny in Ukraine – are all eating in unison, showing almost gymnastic ability allowing them to crawl together, and that’s what the Daily mail article has reported is happening here, but that’s not what’s going on at all here…

They are actually the larvae of Sawfly, and the ‘gymnastic’ gestures shown are a defense mechanism to respond to a threat – in this case the photographer himself. Still, they make for interesting macro shots!

The Daily Mail article on them can be found here.


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