Sunday, December 8, 2013

Doings in Hibernation

This larva was found dangling on a single strand of silk from its hibernation pad.  It looks healthy but I have never had one come detached from a hibernation pad before, either in the wild or in captivity.  I've taken it into captivity, primarily to work out whether it's dead or alive.  I suspect it's dead, but I've only had 2 larvae die in hibernation previously (as opposed to being predated). 

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