Caption: Western tent caterpillars (Malacosoma californicum) basking on creosote bush in Nevada desert. One can be seen flicking its head back and forth as a deterrent against parasitic flies. These caterpillars are the larvae of the western tent caterpillar moth and are common in the western U.S., northern Mexico, and southern Canada. They measure 3 cm in length and are responsible for defoliating many species of broadleaf tree and shrubs.

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Keywords: animal, arthropod, biology, close up, creosote bush, defoliation, enclosure, flicking, head flick, insect, insecta, invertebrate, larrea tridentata, larva, larvae, lepidoptera, macro, macroscopic, malacosoma californicum, metamorphosis, moth, nest, silk, webworms, western tent caterpillar, zoology

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Western tent caterpillars basking on bush

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