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Caterpillar Species Rothschildia lebeau in Copula

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An adult female Rothschildia lebeau (Saturniidae) in copula. [See related images: Rothschildia lebeau Caterpillar in Later Growth Stage, Citheronia lobesis (Saturniidae) Caterpillar, and Citheronia lobesis (Saturniidae) Moth.]

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This image shows a free-living adult female Rothschildia lebeau (Saturniidae) in copula with a male. The male is just visible below and behind her. She is about 15 cm in length from wing tip to wing tip. Her large abdomen contains about 400 eggs, which she will lay in the next five days. The eggs will hatch in about six days. This is one of the focal animals being used in a research project conducted at a tropical microbial observatory. The project, “Collaborative Research on Microbial Diversity in Caterpillars,” explores the microbial diversity and ecosystem found in the guts of caterpillars who feed on Spondias mombin (Anacardiaceae), the project’s focal tree. The target location for the project is Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica.

This image was taken from the National Science Foundation-supported inventory of caterpillars from the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. The complete inventory is available on-line at http://janzen.sas.upenn.edu.

Caterpillar Species <I>Rothschildia lebeau</I> in Copula
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Credit: Credit Daniel H. Janzen
Decade of Image: 2000 - 2009

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BIOLOGICAL / Microbial

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Important: Permission is granted to use this image for personal, educational, or nonprofit/non-commercial purposes only. Permission to use this image in a manner not stated here must be obtained from the owner, Daniel H. Janzen at djanzen@sas.upenn.edu.

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