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Like my new skin

By rdown
My buff-tip moth caterpillars have spent the last day or so in little groups, not eating or moving and with their rear ends held up. Today they all moulted and have nice new skins. The two rightmost in the picture were the last of this little group to moult and their new head segments have not yet darkened to the characteristic black with yellow V. Hope you find it interesting. Robert

Tags: Insects Close-up and macro Hairy Bufftip moth Caterpillars Wildlife and nature

Voters: NickCoker, ValSaxby, piccy and 14 more

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4 Sep 2006 8:54PM
Gives me the creeps! Nice shot,


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pcjackso Junior Member 14 7
4 Sep 2006 9:06PM
Nice macro shot good it
bumbleb3 14 358 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2006 9:08PM
very good details,nice shot
Ajack 14
4 Sep 2006 9:09PM
Very impressive capture Robert,I find it an interesting shot with good detail,
gill_f Plus
16 122 England
4 Sep 2006 9:48PM
This is a really nice series Robert.
piccy 13 8 Wales
4 Sep 2006 11:41PM
Wonderful shots, I like the series, very interesting. They should be in a biological publication.
ericfaragh 16 149 5 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2006 7:01AM
Fascinating close up study, excellent macro details.
AlanBW 14 20 England
5 Sep 2006 7:15AM
Very intriguing image, thanks for the detailed and interesting info too
8 Sep 2006 2:28AM
Great details and colour!

wyatturp 14 2 England
8 Sep 2006 7:32AM
Super details well done .

rdown 16
9 Sep 2006 8:09PM
Thanks for all your comments & clicks. I am waiting for the caterpillars to do something else interesting. They are just eating and growing at present. I am hoping to catch the start of a moult when the old head segment mask slips off. My daughter told me the technical term for this but I've forgotten it. I've spent far too long in front of my screen preparing a batch of stock photos must take some pics tomorrow. Cheers Robert.
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2116 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2006 10:01PM
This is a great picture and you have told me something I didn't know. I spent over two weeks visiting a group of about 30 buff-tips in a tree, watching them, photographing them and then.....they all disappeared and only skins were left. As this is in the wild, I have no idea where they are now.
rdown 16
9 Sep 2006 10:42PM
Pam, after the final moult they stop being groupies and go their individual ways. I am waiting for mine to reach that stage. Robert

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