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Caterpillar makes its safety belt

 
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May 30, 2013 12:31 |  #1

On May 27, I found a fifth-instar Anise Swallowtail caterpillar, Papilio z. zelicaon, on a tall parsley plant in bloom.

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Next day, the caterpillar was eating parsley buds. Then it retired to the fence behind the plant. On the 29th, it began to look like a prepupa, shorter and thicker than before. It started to attach itself to the fence in late afternoon. With a pad of silk in place at its posterior end, it worked back and forth between left and right to make its hanging strap.

6:55 p.m.

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7:16 p.m. The opening of the osmeterium, a defensive organ, is visible on the caterpillar's "forehead."

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A view from above, 7:26 p.m.

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Another view from above, 7:31 p.m.

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8:24 p.m. By sunset, the weaving was complete and the caterpillar was still.

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May 30, 2013 13:42 |  #2

Wonderful interesting sequence.


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May 30, 2013 15:03 |  #3

First class set of shots!




  
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May 30, 2013 15:59 |  #4

This is great work!
Please post more photos of this sequence!


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May 30, 2013 16:40 |  #5

Good series.


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May 30, 2013 16:55 as a reply to  @ Worcester Lad's post |  #6

Official pronouncement:

As the caterpillar moves from stage to stage follow up photos will be allowed as a necessary exception of the image posting rules.

Looking forward to the image progression.


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May 30, 2013 18:29 |  #7

An absolutely fabulous series! WoW! Looking forward to follow-up shots if possible.


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May 30, 2013 19:18 |  #8

nice series


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May 30, 2013 22:20 |  #9

Wonderful series, OhLook. Looking forward to seeing what's to come next.


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May 30, 2013 22:31 |  #10

This I want to see. Subscribed.


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May 30, 2013 23:47 |  #11

Wonderful series.




  
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May 30, 2013 23:51 as a reply to  @ bobobird's post |  #12

Great series, looking forward to more.


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May 31, 2013 00:28 |  #13

By noon the next day, the prepupa had stopped clinging to the fence with its claws. Now the silk strands were supporting it, and the slack in them was taken up.

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No other change was visible for the rest of the day.

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May 31, 2013 00:33 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #14

watching this for sure


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May 31, 2013 00:45 |  #15

Wonderful sequence- interesting stuff
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