This caterpillar was spinning in the wind, hanging from its own silk thread. It was climbing back up to who knows where.
Most silk used for clothing comes from silkworms or moth caterpillars, whose larvae produce silk to form cocoons.
After decades of trying, scientists may have finally found a way to make body armor out of spider silk. Aside from being very cool, this would mean ultra-lightweight, super-strong, flexible body armor that would provide highly improved protection for America’s soldiers and law enforcement officers.
And in case you’ve forgotten, caterpillars are insects! Like all insects, caterpillars have six legs emerging from their thorax. The problem is they also have stumpy prolegs that emerge from their abdomen. Technically these are not true legs, even though they have the same function.