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Caterpillar Cool

Caterpillar Cool

Posted: 01/02/19

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The false eyes and "head" of a tiger swallowtail caterpillar, here in a state of motionless torpor after a cold rain, give the impression of something bigger and more imposing to potential predators. "Metamorphosis", a word used to describe the transition from caterpillar to butterfly, seldom is more appropriate than for this one, which looks nothing whatsoever like its adult form. This photo was taken about 40 feet and 5 years after the mature butterfly in the link. Could they be related?

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