TWO CATERPILLARS ON THE FIG TREE

in Fascinating Insects7 months ago

I don't know much about the first one ...

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... I mean, the species on this photograph ...

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... but the second one, the caterpillar on this shot ...

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... is the larval phase of the Choreutis nemorana moth.

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These larvae build a small tent on the upper surface of the leaf, and then, they feed under the silk.

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It's a very common pest on this tree, but fortunately they don't cause much damage to the plant ... at least not in this area, as I could see.

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The adult moth assumes a pretty unusual, characteristic pose when resting.

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And now is time to go back to the first species, the one that you saw on the opening shot. The caterpillar was on the leaf on that photograph ...

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... but usually I see these larvae on the twigs ...

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... where they are nicely camouflaged and often hard to spot.
As always in posts, the photographs are my work.

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