National Geographic : 1945 Sep
The caterpillar who pretends he's been eaten THE caterpillar of a West African moth (Nyctemera apicalis) is an extraordinary artist when it comes to mimicry. Like many of his cousins, he has dangerous parasitic enemies. It is the habit of these parasites to bore through the side of a cocoon and lay their eggs in the body of the caterpillar. When the caterpillar is full-grown, the parasitic larvae devour him. Then they bore their way out of his cocoon and spin clusters of tiny, froth like cocoons for themselves on the outside. So the Nyctemera caterpillar goes to consider able trouble to prevent these enemies from breaking into his house. When he spins his cocoon, he also produces from his body a series of frothy, cream-colored bubbles. As each is formed, he winds a few strands of silk around it, drags it off, and attaches it to the outside of his cocoon. When his house is complete, the tiny bubbles clustered on it are an exact replica of cocoon clusters made by the invading parasite. Thus the caterpillar attempts to make his home secure by pretending that it has already been invaded. But if this unique delusion fails, he has no way to protect himself from disaster. Now man also goes to a lot of trouble to secure his home against housebreakers, not because they're so apt to endanger his life, but because they steal his possessions and destroy his property. But when, as sometimes happens, the most careful precautions fail, man is better off than the caterpillar. For he can provide a further pro tection for himself. That protection is insurance. And theft insurance will help to pay the loss and damage that may be suffered. A Travelers representative will provide you with this form of insurance. If you are already covered he can examine your policy to see that it is up to date. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance and surety bonds. The Travelers In surance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Com pany, Hartford, Connecticut.