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Cyana meyricki caterpillars are covered in a protective spiny layer of hairs. When ready to pupate, the caterpillar binds these hairs together with silk to construct an intricate protective cage around itself. But the pupa inside this particular cage does not belong to a caterpillar; rather, it is that of a parasite fly which has devoured the caterpillar from the inside out — and now hangs safely out of reach of potential predators.
Photo and caption credit: Damon Wilder

Cyana meyricki caterpillars are covered in a protective spiny layer of hairs. When ready to pupate, the caterpillar binds these hairs together with silk to construct an intricate protective cage around itself. But the pupa inside this particular cage does not belong to a caterpillar; rather, it is that of a parasite fly which has devoured the caterpillar from the inside out — and now hangs safely out of reach of potential predators.

Photo and caption credit: Damon Wilder

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