In the rainforests of Peru, the average annual rainfall measures 79 inches. That not only creates lush, green jungles filled with a diversity of life but dangerous environments, too — especially if you’re a caterpillar aspiring to become a moth.
Most caterpillars construct tightly knit coverings in out-of-the-way places in which to undergo their transformations. However, this type of cocoon subjects the moth to the risk of drowning in its own shelter if water should seep into the top and begin to collect at the base. But some clever urodid moths have found a way to mitigate that danger. They weave net-like cocoons so that water easily drains out.
Watch the short clip below, titled “A Ridiculously Awesome Cocoon,” taken from the video series Smarter Every Day. The photographic shots of this mesh cocoon not only encourage us to seek the beauty of nature in small places but also in the tiniest of everyday events.