My Home is my Castle

I saw these dogbane moth caterpillars the other day.

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They use silk to bind some leaves together in a loose structure, then surround that area by a nearly invisible network of silk.  While I was watching, I saw a parasitic wasp (sorry, I don’t know the name of it) investigating.  I am pretty sure it would lay an egg on or in one or more of the caterpillars if it could.

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While it looks like reaching the caterpillar should be an easy task, while I was watching it was not able to accomplish that goal.

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I got chased away by mosquitoes after a few minutes.  I don’t know if she succeeded or if she failed, but the nest does at least provide some protection.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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2 Responses to My Home is my Castle

  1. Jaimee says:

    Great shots Harlan, what an interesting defense mechanism.

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