Image: Cairns Birdwing Butterfly caterpillar - David Lord

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly caterpillar - David Lord

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly caterpillar - David Lord, Open 2007

I saw this caterpillar at the Daintree Entomological Museum beginning its cocoon. I loved its spines and folded velvety skin.

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David Lord
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Antherina - 8.04 PM, 09 April 2012
Lovely picture. This is looking at the pre-pupal stage from above and it is about to shed its skin into a chrysalis. The caterpillar does not spin a cocoon and will not move again until it changes into a chrysalis. The black silk girdle and a pad at its rear end are all that is needed to support it. Only moths (and a few mountain butterflies like the apollos) spin cocoons.

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