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Life cycle with diapause: weaving - Papilio zelicaon

Life cycle with diapause: weaving - Papilio zelicaon
Alameda County, California, USA
September 7, 2009
Often, after adding silk to the support thread, the caterpillar leaned far back. I don't know whether it was testing the strength of the thread, judging the amount of slack, or compressing the accumulated fibers to bind them together.

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