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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Pine looper

Macro shot ( 1.6x magnification ) of a pine looper caterpillar hanging onto a leaf by strands of silk. “Caterpillars make their cocoons from strands of silk that they produce from glands near their mouths. This Caterpillar is black with a pattern of fine parallel pale yellow lines, a thin orange dorsal stripe,and a yellow band along each side. Its head capsule and anal segment are blue-green speckled with black.”

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 09.2018
Photo Location: Melbourne, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 80D
Copyright: © Peter Virag