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Plants have a trick that drives very hungry caterpillars to cannibalism

Chemical defenses make friends look tastier than fronds.
caterpillar on leaf

Who's for dinner?


Caterpillars emerge from their eggs very hungry, and start munching away on green leaves, apples, plums, tomatoes, and...OH GOD. WHY, ERIC, WHY? YOU JUST ATE CARL!

Yes, unlike beloved children’s stories may lead us to believe, nature is a cruel, hard world—painted not in watercolors, but in blood. A study published today in Nature Ecology

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