Ready for Winter

While walking around the yard with my camera, I decided to look for the little hibernating caterpillar of the red spotted purble butterfly I found in September.

This isn’t the one I chronicled in 4 earlier blogs. The dark at the opening of the tube (hibernaculum) is the head of the little caterpillar. The shelter measures 3/8 inch.

The small caterpillar cut all the leaf off except what’s curved into the tube. It used silk to do this. Part of the midvein was left for a perch out from the tube. Silk continues on up the stalk of the leaf and wraps around the branch many times to hold the caterpillar in the tree through the winter. If it fell to the ground, it would be too small to climb all the way back up to fresh emerging leaves.

Earlier blogs:


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on November 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Seems so cozy. However, it is fall. How does this small one survive a winter? Wow! Amazing! (I gotta find another word for “amazing!)


  2. I love how you find these “almost invisible” fantastic things! and share them with us! 🙂


  3. Excellent! I wouldn’t have even known where to look for this one.


  4. Very,very cool, I would have passed it up thinking it was just a curled up leaf. Excellent cammo..:-)


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