One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, July 2, 2010
Found more odd leaf manipulation today. Some kind of "leaf roller" caterpillar folded these leaves over, sealed them with silk, ate themselves into a stupor, dropped to the ground, and pupated. They'll emerge as moths later. When I opened these up, all I found was caterpillar poop; the inhabitants had dropped out to the litter to pupate.