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Nope. Nope. Nope.
3-D Scans Reveal Caterpillars Turning Into Nightmares Please Someone Squish It Now Before It Becomes Sentient
posted by phunniemee at 9:17 AM on July 23, 2013


*puts Goodbye Horses on the stereo*
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 9:18 AM on July 23, 2013


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I see what you did there.

This is amazing. Thanks.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 9:21 AM on July 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Caterpillars Turning Into Butterflies

Well now you've gone and ruined the ending, why should I watch this?
posted by Mister_A at 9:27 AM on July 23, 2013 [6 favorites]


Caterpillar-Scan.com is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these people got their caterpillars wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by chavenet at 9:41 AM on July 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


As a Lepidoptera-interested person, I feel that 1) I love this and 2) I am so sick of blue morphos and painted ladies, god, so sick.
posted by Coatlicue at 10:00 AM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tzeentch is pleased.
posted by Sternmeyer at 10:17 AM on July 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


does anyone read the pupas down here?
posted by gubo at 10:30 AM on July 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


So I've got this vague unformed idea (useful for absolutely nothing, except maybe a sci-fi short story) that caterpillars that somehow knew what was happening to them wouldn't think of butterflies as their "adult forms." Instead, given the extent to which caterpillars' original bodies dissolve, they'd think of butterflies as ghosts.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 11:02 AM on July 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


And it's a butterfly at last.
posted by zinon at 11:17 AM on July 23, 2013


Honestly, my first reaction was "Way to ruin the magic."

Yeah, i know. Science. Finding out how the world works. INQUIRY!

Still…
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:57 PM on July 23, 2013


Holy crap that's cool. I was taught the "everything dissolves into a soup and gets reconstructed" which always seemed a bit deus ex machina to me. As always Science! is much cooler than we can imagine.
posted by phliar at 1:16 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is, indeed, excellent - because there is a lot of high octane stupid out there in the creationism community regarding the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies. Hopefully this will help people understand that it isn't magic. hopefully.*
*I am not that hopeful.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:21 PM on July 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


This is great! No longer to we have to believe the lies and folklore created from our teachers. Are eyes are now wide open. Isn't science great!
posted by chefrancois at 2:37 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


I just shared this with my grand-son who is here today with me and Mr. Roquette. A wonderful Nerdy Time was had by all! :)
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 4:09 PM on July 23, 2013


hands up who's first thought was Quatermass.
posted by EnterTheStory at 4:34 PM on July 23, 2013


Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey: Honestly, my first reaction was "Way to ruin the magic."

Yeah, i know. Science. Finding out how the world works. INQUIRY!

Still…
Science is better than magic.

Magic is limited by our imagination. Science allows things even weirder than that.
posted by IAmBroom at 2:10 AM on August 3, 2013


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