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newly hatched larva..


By Lori

newly hatched larva..

this little guy barely had any antennae...picture taken at high magnification...this creature was almost half an inch long!

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Lori, this Monarch cat probably just molted into his second instar, or maybe third. Right after they shed their skin the "antennae" sometimes stick, but they usually stand up within a short while.

14 Mar, 2008


Hi Diohio... this picture was taken with extreme magnification...the larva was extremely small. and the clump of buds he's enjoying are at best 3/4 of an inch wide. That's why I assumed that he was newly hatched..aparently they can be as small as a sixteenth of an inch when they emerge.

14 Mar, 2008


Another great shot ! Amazing coloful little creatures, aren't they !

15 Mar, 2008


Their crysalis is like pale green jade with golden of the most beautiful natural things I've ever seen. I have a real soft spot for Monarchs.

18 Mar, 2008

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