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Nesting Caterpillars | by Steve Crane
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Nesting Caterpillars

I noticed this figure eight shape on the wall of my house and when I looked at it, it looked like a group of those tiny black ants with what looked like lace mesh in the spaces inside the group. A cell phone shot didn't prove successful so I got out my DSLR, macro lens and tripod, and took this.

 

On examining it at full size it became apparent that these were tiny, hairy caterpillars and the lace-like mesh was little half-completed spheres. Presumable they will eventually lay eggs in them before sealing them up.

 

It would be interesting to know what species of insect these are.

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Taken on May 26, 2012