All change

Large White larva about to pupate. It's suspended from the silken thread by hooks on the cremaster at the tail and has a silk girdle at the "waist." Enzymes and imaginal discs are already transforming caterpillar into butterfly. The forelegs and body have shortened and become thicker. Soon the skin will be shed leaving a new shape - the pupa which will harden and for about 2 weeks the caterpillar body will be altered to create the butterfly. Magical metamorphosis.


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Beautiful
posted December 6th, 2018  
Thanks for the explanation as well as the photo
posted December 6th, 2018  
super macro!
posted December 6th, 2018  
Wonderful close up, fascinating detail.
posted December 6th, 2018  
Wow.
posted December 9th, 2018  
@shutterbug49 My pleasure. I think to most people this photo would probably be meaningless without an explanation.
j
posted December 9th, 2018  
@angelunderwater @susiemc @joev @koalagardens Thank you very much for your comments about my trendy popular pupating caterpilar
j
posted December 9th, 2018  
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