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02-11-2017, 09:49 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Cocoons, chrysalis, caterpillars and grubs.

I have not seen a dedicated " Pre - insect " thread, so I have started this one. I would enjoy seeing all the different stages of insect life from around the world, but not the insects they turn into, as there are already excellent threads covering this. So anything from egg clusters, caterpillars, grubs, pupa, cocoons etc. If you can name the species, great. If you can't ( like me !! ), no problems. I am going to start the ball rolling with a " Big Green Grub " or a BGG for short.




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Great idea for a thread pjv!
This is an Oak Leaf Roller and will later become a moth. I almost walked into a couple of these last May, they are hanging from tiny silk strands from oak trees. This little guy is probably about 3/4 inch long. I just happened to catch it in the sun witha dark background or never would have seen it.
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Great idea for a thread pjv!
Thank you for that Tom. And thanks for the quick addition to the thread too. Looking forward to seeing more.
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As requested by pjv here is my contribution.

Spotted this cocoon near our letterbox yesterday. Today it was missing but found it on an adjacent bush. Intrigued by this I hastily looked up Google. It turns out to be a
Metura elongatus or Saunders Case Moth. It drags this around with it as a mobile home until it pupates. If disturbed it retreats into the cocoon#2 and eventually creeps out to feed again #3.




















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Thanks for the contributions Bruce. Much appreciated.
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I have no idea what this is, suffice to say it scared me to death, as I thought it was dead. It moved. So did I


A pretty common one around here
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I have no idea what this is, suffice to say it scared me to death, as I thought it was dead. It moved. So did I


A pretty common one around here.
The 1st one is a scary little devil !! Thanks for posting these 2 noelcmn.


The Latin name of this next one of mine is " Harius Littlus Buggerus."
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I think this is the caterpillar of the Lunar Moth, but not 100% sure.


Unknown critter


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I think this is the caterpillar of the Lunar Moth, but not 100% sure.


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Very good additions Noel, thanks.


I saw this pretty little one on a bush at Flinders, in Victoria. I removed him/her gently and put it on decking with some of its food, as it was totally in shadow on its bush. I put it back after the " photo shoot."
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What I believe to be Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly Brephidium exilis (Boisduval, 1852) was trapped in on of the leaves of Drosera cistiflora. The butterfly laid eggs which hatched a few days later. A made an animated GIF of several photos

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What I believe to be Western Pygmy-Blue butterfly Brephidium exilis (Boisduval, 1852) was trapped in on of the leaves of Drosera cistiflora. The butterfly laid eggs which hatched a few days later. A made an animated GIF of several photos
Thanks for this addition Not a Number. I find it hypnotic watching the little devils dance about.
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These 2 are older images ( cropped ) from my K20D. This little caterpillar was not there an hour later. Methinks it became birdie breakfast !!
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2 more beauties, thanks.

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Excellent additions Arjay. Thank you. I will have to go out hunting now so I can keep up with all of you !!
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