Processionary moth caterpillar, SEM

Processionary moth caterpillar, SEM

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Caption: Processionary moth caterpillar. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a processionary moth (family Thaumetopoeidae) caterpillar, showing the spinnerets on the end of its abdomen. The caterpillar uses these spinnerets to spin silk, which it uses to build its nest. Magnification: x20 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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