|Day-old chrysalis. The thread is visible across his mid-section.|
I've been wondering how the caterpillar manages to tie a thread behind his own back, and managed to catch my latest visitor demonstrating the technique.
|First, he selects his leaf. He was eating nasturtiums, but moved to maple for the winter.|
|He bends over backwards, and turns to one side.|
|Glues a strand of silk to the leaf on his left,|
|Swings back, stretching at right angles to his leaf,|
|continues the swing|
|to the right side,|
|and glues the thread down.|
He repeated this action about a dozen times, then returned to his upright position and started the transformation.
Here he is, on video, in real time. It's a painstakingly slow process.
If you watch this at full size, it's easy to see the thread stretching over his back.
But he says, in the immortal words of the Cat in the Hat, "That's not all I can do!" More tomorrow.