November 19th, 2013

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The Caterpillar of the Tailed Jay, 161113, Puttenahalli Lake

No one would believe that watching a worm would be a learning experience, but so it was, at Puttenahalli Lake, where I went with Chandu and Kamal.

Chandu spotted (how, I do not know!) this extraordinarily tiny creature:


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and then we saw many of these caterpillars:


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That was when I learnt that not only does a moth or butterfly go through the egg, larval and pupal stages, but that the caterpillar itself has 5 stages of growth. I googled up

this link

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and learnt about

instars


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What we were looking at were two of the five instars for the

TAILED JAY

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Thank you for the riveting lesson, Chandu Bandi! I am even more amazed at how a creature can go through so many different forms...it's a deep philosophical question, and an eternal mystery, to ponder.