Ghost Flowers! Earthstars! Hickory Horned Devils! ... And More Weird and Wonderful Oddities of Nature

Don't fear these oddities of nature. Hickory horned devils (a caterpillar), Earthstars (a fungus), and ghost flowers all have their niche.

oddities of nature - hickory horned devil
Despite its formidable size and fierce-looking horns, the hickory horned devil is harmless.
PHOTO: MINDEN PICTURES/MALCOLM SCHUYL