A batch of vibrant early instar Lasiocampid moth caterpillars at the mess hall.
The survival rate for many Lepidopteran larvae is staggering low so a common strategy is to mass-produce progeny and for them to congregate together, particularly during the earlier instar stages, to magnify any innate defences they may have, to make themselves look bigger and more imposing to a potential predator and to simply beat the odds.
This is the second in a series of ten posts entitled SAFETY IN NUMBERS. Click HERE to view the others….
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..