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This caterpillar was feeding on leaves in a winterberry bush ( Ilex verticillata).
The second picture is the same caterpillar 2 days after the first picture was taken.
staccyh that's what makes nature so wonderful, the mix of weirdness and beauty.
Really cool and a bit gross all at once! Nice :)
Sergio, you're right. I just read that they often have earlier shed head capsules adhering to thoracic setae. I photographed it again 2 days later and the head capsules were still attached to the hairs.
Tom, those parts hanging from the cat's hair look like pieces of its old skin. Also, it looks a bit "wet", like a freshly molted cat.
Thanks Sergio and Leonardo. It wasn't molting, it arches back like that when it thinks there's danger around.
Unbelievable!!!!! That's a lot of extravagance for me! :)
Wow!!! I need to find something like this one!!! I guess it was molting...?
Martin, this one is an odd looking caterpillar, but being so ugly is what makes it attractive:-)
This is UGLY! but the moth is pretty. Its often the other way around
Lat: 42.61, Long: -71.57
Spotted on Aug 16, 2013 Submitted on Sep 5, 2013
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