Mind Blowing Cocoons in Rainforest

Incredible examples of art in nature.

Rainforest Expedition’s Troy Alexander spotted the bizarre maypole-in-miniature in the Southern Peruvian Amazon. Alexander posted a photograph of his discovery to /r/whatsthisbug, a subreddit devoted to identifying insects and their handiwork.

This type of cocoon is known as an “open-network cocoon” and is unlike other cocoons. The cocoon doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, possibly enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa.



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