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CATERPILLAR OF THE WEEK PART II:  Pistol Casebearer (Coleophora species)

Our pistol casebearers (Coleophora species) are more than just a pretty shell. Most of the time they appear as an unmoving growth on a twig, but gentle tickles with a paintbrush are enough to get these little guys moving and exploring for our camera.

Silk clearly plays a huge role in a casebearer's life, even beyond using it to create their mobile homes. The casebearers were quick to release silk and hang down when disturbed, and eagerly reinforce their ties to a twig perch when remaining in place for any amount of time.

I hope you enjoy this video of a hard to observe creature!

- Sam Director

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