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Mass Pupation : Nature Closeups

Mass Pupation

January 3rd, 2011 - 8:41 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

January 27, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I found one other grouping of exuviae in the area where I found the one above. I’ve never seen anything like this locally. I believe these are from lepidopterans. There is a slight layer of silk on the bark. Up close, I saw some cast off head capsules. Look closely above, and you’ll notice a leg that must have broken off while struggling free.

I know some caterpillars are gregarious as early instars, but I thought they generally went their separate ways as final instars. I thought this was interesting evidence that in at least one species, they pupate and perhaps eclose together.

Subjects: Butterflies and Moths and Insects.
Places: Brazil, Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, and South America.
Behaviors: Gregarious.
Life Stages: Pupa.
Taxa: Class Insecta and Order Lepidoptera.
Colors: Brown.
Sign: Exuviae.

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