Posts Tagged ‘parasitized’

Predation

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Crab spiders have the ability to change color to match that of the flower they’re on. In this case, it’s among wingstem flowers. This is a female crab spider. Males are much smaller.

Her prey looks like a tachina fly.

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Here’s another example of predation:

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I blogged this chrysalis earlier this summer. It was attached to the side of our garbage container.

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It belonged to a tawny emperor butterfly.

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A couple of weeks later another chrysalis was attached to the side of the container. I knew it was parasitized when it started turning dark.

Then came even another predator.

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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.