I barf in your general direction

I discovered in New Scientist (17th March 2007 pg 20) the existence of Antheraea polyphemus, a type of silk moth. Apparently, during its caterpillar phase, it makes little clicking noises as a warning to potential predators.

Now, you wouldn’t expect caterpillars to have much to threaten predators with but this little fellow has a secret weapon. It can barf up a gob of stuff so disgusting that they run away. Even ants will avoid any food on which this stuff has landed and ants will eat just about anything.

Our friend polyphemus must be a Monty Python fan. What he is saying is obvious:

Go away or I shall barf in your general direction!

You silly English predators.

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