The split by jesika2

The split

The final larval skin of the Brimstone caterpillar has split under the head as it prepares for pupation. He's anchored at the base of the tail by the cremaster hooked into a silken pad. He's also got a silken girdle to support the body.
He will settle into position and after about 36 hours begin to pupate, a very strenuous process which uses all 4000 muscles and I'm sure hurts!
I'm loving this!
June 13th, 2020  
Wow - such marvelous details
June 14th, 2020  
how exciting, here we go!
June 14th, 2020  
Fabulous detail.
June 14th, 2020  
A lovely detailed shot, and I'm learning more too - fav!

June 14th, 2020  
Great capture
June 14th, 2020  
Nice shot and good info
June 14th, 2020  
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