Urodid moth cocoon. It has a really beautiful woven lattice structure that hangs about a foot below a leaf on a thin silk string. This is an unusual structure b

Urodid moth cocoon

It has a really beautiful woven lattice structure that hangs about a foot below a leaf on a thin silk string. This is an unusual structure because the pupa, resting inside the cocoon, seems fairly exposed to the elements. The hanging likely helps to prevent predation from ants, and the bright orange color may serve as an aposematic signal to predators to prevent it from getting eaten. The tube part at the bottom is the 'escape hatch' from which it eventually will exit as an adult moth.

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User avatar #1 - allisonfirex (01/12/2013) [+] (1 reply)
they are nice to look at unborn but when there are 3 of them the size of golf balls in your room, you'd wish the process ended right here );
#5 - feedmeh (01/13/2013) [+] (3 replies)
So, out of curiosity, i went to google to see what the moth looks like... This was the third picture to pop up in google images... I'm... not even sure what to say...?
#4 - anonymous (01/12/2013) [-]
we need a time lapse of the time spent in the cocoon
**** would be so dope, yo
#7 - sytheris ONLINE (01/13/2013) [-]
GOD DAMN IT **** YOU OP TRYPOPHOBIA.

Looks cool though.
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