Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Puss Moth Cocoon

The caterpillars of the Puss Moth Cerura vinula cocoon themselves on tree trunks and wooden fenceposts etc. The cocoon is created from a combination of labial silk & chewed up fragments of whatever they choose to pupate on. They can be hard to spot as they are thus the same colour as the bark or wood that they have scraped and then lie on. This photo was taken by Dean Stables in South Yorkshire, UK, in January 2009.

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