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Posted by
itchydogimages (Pu'er, China) on 4 January 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Geometrid Moth Caterpillar (Geometridae)
When caterpillars involuntarily or intentionally drop from the tree canopy, they can regain their original position by climbing silk lifelines spun out from the head spinnerets. They may utilise this feature when disturbed and as a means of escape from predators or when it comes time to relocate due to defoliation or to moult or pupate.
Pu'er, Yunnan, China

SONY DSC-R1 1/200 second F/13.0 ISO 160 60 mm

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Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good capture. Great shot.

4 Jan 2014 8:44pm

Sharon Pleasants from Monroe, Louisiana, United States

Don't want to find one of these crawling around on me!

5 Jan 2014 4:43am

SONY DSC-R1
1/200 second
F/13.0
ISO 160
60 mm

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lepidoptera
geometridae
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