Image hosted by Photobucket.comSnail-eating caterpillars in the forests of Hawaii

The caterpillars use silk to pin down their prey and then enter their victims’ shells to feed on the flesh, eating them alive – the first time this has been seen among caterpillars.

So far at least five closely related species of the genus Hyposmocoma (a diverse genus of over 350 species found only in Hawaii) have been found to be snail predators.