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Swallowtail Butterfly Larva Spins Loop (Time Lapse)

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Published on Nov 6, 2007

This time lapse sequence show a Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Battus philenor hirsuta) caterpillar attaching itself to a twig. It does this by spinning a silk button to attach its tail-end to, and a silken loop to suspend its upper body. About two days after this procedure, the larva pupates into a chrysalis where it will begin the transformation (metamorphosis) into an adult Butterfly. The music is "We Fall" by Technician. More music, photos and lepidoptera life cycle documentaries free to the public at JCMDI.COM.

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