Saturday, December 6, 2014

Late instar caterpillar on the road to metamorphosis

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Why did the caterpillar cross the road (or here, the sidewalk)?
 Probably to look for a twig in the wadi on which to spin its chrysalis.
 It will emerge as a Swallowtail butterfly,  a Papilio machaon syriacus.

The photo, taken in November, can be enlarged 2x. -- Recommended!


Butterflies in Israel -- the facts behind the stamps
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Linking to Camera Critters.
More butterfly posts:
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2014/01/safe-home-for-butterflies.html
and
http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.co.il/2011/12/of-moths-and-men.html
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10 comments:

William Kendall said...

Quite a colourful little one!

Cloudia said...

Definitely worth an enlarge! Thanks



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
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DeniseinVA said...

Very pretty caterpillar!

Phil Slade said...

The poor thing is living dangerously on the path. I think I would pick it up and place it somewhere safe.

VP said...

I hope it doesn't end up as a blob on che sidewalk...

Rajesh said...

Great shot of the caterpillar.

Petrea Burchard said...

He's very pretty.

Birdman said...

... or gets run over by a bus... sorry.

Marie said...

Adorable post! I hope the caterpillar successfully morphs!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty caterpillar.Looks almost like a plastic toy. Hope it will cross safely !
Shalom
Zita