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.

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An earthstar’s “rays” open with enough force to push back surrounding debris, allowing the spore-filled sac to better catch a breeze.
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