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Guess what this is

Swallowtail caterpillar skin

Swallowtail caterpillar skin

This tiny stripy object, photographed through the microscope, is the skin shed by the swallowtail caterpillar when it pupated.

The chrysalis emerged at the top and pushed the skin down in wrinkles till it dropped off the end.

It’s a little trophy which would make a good entry for a ‘Guess what this is’ quiz.

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