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Painted Lady Caterpillars - Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady Caterpillars - Vanessa cardui
Central Park, New York City, New York, USA
June 10, 2007
Early and late instars. Note they were placed together for comparison, not found that way. Actually they were semi-concealed in rolled leaves. When returned to the Mugwort they each rolled a new shelter. Peculier dome like structure on the rear of the younger. Parasite? Disease?

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