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15 amazingly deceptive caterpillars

By: Anna Norris on Jan. 15, 2014, 3:20 p.m.
Ants protecting Ceraunus blue caterpillar

Photo: Bob Peterson/Flickr

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Ceraunus blue caterpillars

These ants aren't trying to eat the caterpillar; they're trying to protect it! In a phenomenon called myrmecophily, ants and lycaenid caterpillars such as the Ceraunus blue caterpillar team up for survival. The ants protect the caterpillars, and the caterpillars secrete a nutritious substance called honeydew. Interestingly, the ants will touch the caterpillars with their antennae to get them to produce the honeydew.