Moth Caterpillar Mystery

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 I do “duh” moments well. In this case it involved a tussock moth caterpillar.

Buffy and I usually walk around the yard one or two times a day. We get a little exercise, and I look for things to photograph.

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I took this picture and the one above on June 28,

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and this one on June 30.

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Why was the caterpillar still in the same position? Was it full grown? I didn’t think so.

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Then, yesterday (July 3rd) I had a “duh” moment.

 The caterpillar hadn’t moved or grown because it had been parasitized, probably by a wasp, and the wasp had emerged.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Not everything in nature give us that warm fuzzy feeling.

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  2. From what I’ve read that happens quite often but I’ve never seen it.

    Reply

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