Cecropia Cocoons – August 27, 2005

The caterpillars are finally making their cocoons. They started a week ago and now there are about 10 finished cocoons.
Here’s one of the giant caterpillars – looking very fat and slow.

Here’s one lining up on the screen, ready to start a cocoon.

Here’s a transparent cocoon – you can just see the green caterpillar curled up inside.

Here’s a cocoon that’s becoming more opaque. You can also see the silky threads that cement it on to the sticks.

And here’s a cocoon that’s several days old – much browner and not transparent any more.