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Snaggy

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The butterflies lay their eggs on flowering thyme plants, and the hatched caterpillars fall to the ground and begin to impersonate immature red ants. They secrete chemicals and even make noises that make the red ants believe they are wayward grubs. The ants then mistakenly carry the caterpillars to their underground homes and keep looking after them even though the adopted intruders gobble ant grubs for 10 months before forming a chrysalis and flying away as adult butterflies.

OK, that is freaky!

anyway, there's another story here too...
A Near-Extinct Blue Butterfly Flourishes Again, Thanks to a Red Ant

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