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Hawaiian caterpillars are first known amphibious insects

Terrestrial moths evolved new lifestyle in the islands

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6:17pm, March 22, 2010

They don’t surf, but caterpillars found only in Hawaii are the first insects known to feed and grow as readily in water as on land.

Other land insects can endure a dunking. And other aquatic ones can survive a dry spell stranded out of water, says evolutionary biologist Daniel Rubinoff of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Bu

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