Down to earth or Death by hanging
Caterpillars of some of the moths show an interesting behaviour of dangling from their host plants. They use silken threads produced by salivary secretions to hang from tree tops. This is called as 'Ballooning'. Caterpillar could use this option to get access into nearby food plants/to undergo pupation in soil or leaf debris on ground/to escape from predators.
Caterpillar in this pic is a Geometrid larvae ---Geometridae could be taken to the looping style of larvae which appears to be measuring the earth--- commencing into its pupal stage in soil.
This Caterpillar is seemingly of the genus Biston. B. supressaria is known from Southern India. It's distant cousin Biston betularia is classical example of Natural Selection, the phenomenon is referred as Industrial melanism.
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