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Caterpillar to Chrysalis #2

The Monarch caterpillar readies itself for pupation. It has spun a cushion of silk by which it attaches itself to a suitable surface (in this case the underside of a leaf) and hangs head-down in a J-shape.

Note how it has reinforced the swan plant's leaf at its junction with the stem.

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Taken on February 22, 2012