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Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar Molts (Time Lapse)

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Published on Nov 6, 2007

This 4th instar Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar (Battus philenor hirsuta) sheds its skin to begin its 5th and final instar before pupation. Note that its old head capsule (the black shiny thing on its face) gets stuck and it has to struggle to knock it loose. It comes off at about 38 seconds. The music is "Doom Level 5" from Technician's add-on episode I for ID's original DOOM video game. More music, photos and lepidoptera life cycle documentaries at JCMDI.COM.

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