Sunday, October 27, 2013

End of the line

Photo by Ned Harris 10/12/2013

Dragonfly in the web of life. This may be the  the 'web' of the Fall Web Worm. The tiny black dots you see scattered about are 'frass' (German: noun, remains of stuff eaten by an animal); that is to say: non-human animal poop. The Fall Web Worm is the larval stage of the - you guessed it -  Fall Web Worm Moth.

Photo by Ned Harris 9/18/2013

Ned's photo above shows the caterpillars (larvae). They spin this big web enclosure, eat and poop for a few weeks, then leave the web to pupate on the ground among the leaf litter.
How cool is that?

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