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Robert answers: You have a mimicking caterpillar that is the larvae of the spicebush swallowtail. Swallowtail butterflies often have caterpillars that look like other animals to repel would be predators. The earlier larval stages look like bird droppings so usually are not bothered by birds and other potential predators. The last caterpillar stage looks like a snake and definitely will cause predators to leave it alone. The beautiful swallowtail butterfly is the result of the extensive foo…

Robert answers: You have a mimicking caterpillar that is the larvae of the spicebush swallowtail. Swallowtail butterflies often have caterpillars that look like other animals to repel would be predators. The earlier larval stages look like bird droppings so usually are not bothered by birds and other potential predators. The last caterpillar stage looks like a snake and definitely will cause predators to leave it alone. The beautiful swallowtail butterfly is the result of the extensive foo…

Last week's ‪#‎MysteryCreature‬ was the Firefly squid. The Firefly squid, Watasenia scintillans, is a species of squid in the family Enoploteuthidae. It is the only species in the genus Watasenia. It inhabits the Western Pacific ocean and may be found at depths of 600 - 1200 feet (183 - 366 meters). The creature's claim-to-fame is its bioluminescence (or natural ability to "glow" in the dark). Learn more @ https://www.facebook.com/biologycoachonline/

Last week's ‪#‎MysteryCreature‬ was the Firefly squid. The Firefly squid, Watasenia scintillans, is a species of squid in the family Enoploteuthidae. It is the only species in the genus Watasenia. It inhabits the Western Pacific ocean and may be found at depths of 600 - 1200 feet (183 - 366 meters). The creature's claim-to-fame is its bioluminescence (or natural ability to "glow" in the dark). Learn more @ https://www.facebook.com/biologycoachonline/

Scientists diving off La Jolla may have figured out why many fish glow, a phenomenon that’s proving to be far more common in the marine environment than anyone assumed. The researchers used a custom-built, “shark eye” camera to determine that swellsharks in Scripps Canyon could see each other glowing and probably use that light to communicate, possibly for essential needs such as mating. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/27/glowing-sharks-UCSD/

Scientists diving off La Jolla may have figured out why many fish glow, a phenomenon that’s proving to be far more common in the marine environment than anyone assumed. The researchers used a custom-built, “shark eye” camera to determine that swellsharks in Scripps Canyon could see each other glowing and probably use that light to communicate, possibly for essential needs such as mating. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/27/glowing-sharks-UCSD/

Last week's #MysteryCreature was the Colugos (Flying "lemur"). Colugos are tree-dwelling mammals found in Southeast Asia. There are only two extant species. Colugos are the most capable gliders of all gliding mammals. They use the flaps of extra skin between their legs to glide from one location to another. Colugos are known as flying "lemurs." However, they are not true... Learn more @ https://www.facebook.com/biologycoachonline/

Last week's #MysteryCreature was the Colugos (Flying "lemur"). Colugos are tree-dwelling mammals found in Southeast Asia. There are only two extant species. Colugos are the most capable gliders of all gliding mammals. They use the flaps of extra skin between their legs to glide from one location to another. Colugos are known as flying "lemurs." However, they are not true... Learn more @ https://www.facebook.com/biologycoachonline/

This is a real caterpillar.  It will become a spicebush swallowtail butterfly.  So cute.

This is a real caterpillar. It will become a spicebush swallowtail butterfly. So cute.

How to attract the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. There is a video on the blog address at upper right corner

How to attract the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. There is a video on the blog address at upper right corner

Phagocytosis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a macrophage white blood cell (green) phagocytosing (engulfing) bacteria (yellow)

Phagocytosis. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a macrophage white blood cell (green) phagocytosing (engulfing) bacteria (yellow)

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