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Urodid moth cocoon

Family Urodidae


Found this on a tree that was covered in red lichen; it was already empty, so I tried to take a closer shot of it. The caterpillars of this family form a basket around the cocoon that hags from the tree, which prevents ants from eating it. They usually have orange color, as an aposematic signal for other animals not to eat it; it even has a tube hole on the bottom where the adult moth will be able to scape once is time. Although spectacular, there are not many studies on these (yet).

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The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Nice finding! You can add it to the mission for Animal Architecture:

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PR, Brazil

Spotted on Jan 30, 2015
Submitted on Jan 30, 2015

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