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Mystery Caterpillars and Chrysalises
These are probably mostly moth caterpillars.
|Caterpillars, Little Scaly Mountain, NC, 8/17/04. Granted, tent caterpillars take it to an extreme, but this is clearly a bad case of sibling rivalry.||Eno River SP, Old Cole Mill Road access, 6/23/05||Durham, 9/28/05|
|Tussock moth caterpillar, Penny's Bend, Durham County, NC, 8/23/05||North Charleston, SC, 3/26/06. These were abundant in a clearing, feeding on a weed.||Eno River State Park, Few's Ford access, Cox Mountain, Orange County, NC, 4/12/06||Durham, 9/10/06|
These, in turn, belong to butterfly pupae. Because controlled burns at Penny's Bend keep the trees from growing to towering heights, we actually get to see chrysalises there.
|Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 10/15/05||Same time and place||Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 11/30/05|
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