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Viceroy caterpillar
15-NOV-2011

Viceroy caterpillar

This Limentis archippus larva has chewed a Black Willow leaf into the desired shape. He is now spinning a web to wrap himself in the leaf nest, called a hibernaculum. The leaf on the left already contains a tiny caterpillar. The hibernacula are about a half inch long and very thin. When you look inside, you see the tiny caterpillar. The hibernaculum is very snug. The caterpillar secures the leaf to the tree so that it will not fall with the other leaves.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1/320s f/5.6 at 90.0mm iso100 full exif

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