“How do you calculate upon the unforeseen? It seems to be an art of recognizing the role of the unforeseen, of keeping your balance amid surprises, of collaborating with chance, of recognizing that there are some essential mysteries in the world and thereby a limit to calculation, to plan, to control.”
I was making my usual morning walk and I noticed on this particular flower plant, many of its leaves were folded. I started wondering what could be the reason.
On closer inspection, I noticed the edges of the leaves were tightly glued and you can see this in the image below.
Also, observe the thin threads holding the margins closer almost forming a tunnel.
I made a deeper inspection of other leaves and fortunately I saw a caterpillar crawling on one of these leaves.
I became curious and just kept watching this caterpillar. It moved over two or three leaves and finally settled on a particular leaf as shown below.(Something must be there for to select this particular leaf!)
Now unforeseen scene started getting unfolded.
Caterpillar in action
The caterpillar started curling up the leaf by sticking the margins with silk webbing (from its mouth) almost converting the leaf into a tunnel shape as shown in the image above.
It reminded me of a rolling cigar.
I understand from a google search that the caterpillar starts eating the leaf from inside and thus the leaf acts as a protector (from predators) and also a food source till the insect reaches the pupa stage.
As the caterpillar increases in size, it starts searching for bigger leaves.
These caterpillars are considered as both pests and useful for the environment.
I also took a short video clip to show the readers how well the creature folds the leaf.
Who trained the caterpillar into this mastery?
These caterpillars are named as ‘Leaf Roller Caterpillar’
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This post is part of Weekly prompts- Unforeseen Photo challenge by Sue.W & GC