*Dense | Hair

The Wooly Bear certainly must have more hairs on its body than any other caterpillar.

I wonder if having such dense hair allows this species to have an acute sense of touch?

Caterpillars sense touch through tiny hairs (setae) that are all over the caterpillar’s body. These tactile hairs grow through holes in the pinaculum(dark, flattened plates on a caterpillar’s body) of the exoskeleton. These hairs are attached to nerve cells, and relay information about touch to the insect’s brain.  (Enchanted Learning)


Weekly Photo Challenge: March 29, 2017 | “Dense


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5 comments

  1. Hairy sensory delight and an arsenal of defence.
    I have a fascination for how the colours and patterns get being reworked through metamorphosis and love to try and guess the matching larvae – butterfly / moth. I googled Patrick’s id isabella tiger moth amazing how the hairy critter transforms into such elegant couture.

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    1. This seems to be the time of year for these little guys… there were three more on our front walkway yesterday afternoon. I agree, they are a curiousity.

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