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Europe hit by toxic caterpillar scourge

Several parts of Europe are trying to deal with infestations of oak processionary caterpillars. These caterpillars can be dangerous to people, triggering allergic reactions and skin irritation.

Top cocoa grower Ivory Coast stung by caterpillar invasion

Abidjan - Cocoa crops in the world's top producer, Ivory Coast, are being ravaged by caterpillars but authorities are playing down the new scourge, saying they have it under control.

Artful caterpillars deceive corn plants

Corn plants have a chemical defense against most insects. However, a caterpillar that eats corn leaves can trick the plant to deactivate its defenses against insects. Scientists have learnt how.

Scientists warn us to stay away from the 'Puss' caterpillar

Caterpillars are the larvae of moths and butterflies, and while many are agricultural pests, it's hard to deny that sometimes, they are just plain fascinating. They come in so many unusual colors and variations that it's hard not to pick them up.

Study: Plants react defensively to being eaten

Missouri City - Following various studies, a report has been published by the University of Missouri-Colombia (MU) speculating that plant growth and reaction is influenced by sound, wind and touch.

GM crop fails to kill caterpillars

Whether GM crops are right or wrong for the environment, they are supposed to pest resistant. In one case, however, African caterpillars have proved to be remarkably resistant.

Milkweed and Caterpillars Evolution in Action

The adage that your enemies know your weaknesses best is especially true in the case of plants and predators that have co-evolved: As the predators evolve new strategies for attack, plants counter with their own unique defenses.

Great Tits are Thriving in Warm English Spring

An abundance of caterpillars and warm spring weather has created an ideal situation for an early laying season for tits in Great Britain.
 

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