caterpillars

Actually, Cannibalism Can Be Good

Actually, Cannibalism Can Be Good

Sometimes, we humans let our dumb values prevent us from taking biological realities seriously. Take pooping, for example: People have decided pooping is gross, even though it’s a thing that most of us do literally every day. Now, some scientists think that even cannibalism is worth another hard look.

This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastic Shopping Bags

This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastic Shopping Bags

In a chance discovery, a research team from Europe has learned that a common insect larva is capable of breaking down the plastic found in shopping bags and other polyethylene-based products. This trash-munching caterpillar could inspire scientists to develop a new chemical process to tackle the growing problem of plastic…