Monday, 1 August 2011

Milkweed Tussock Moth

Milkweed Tussock Moth, Euchates egle
The pictures shows a small phalanx of the caterpillar of the above species (also known as Milkweed Tiger Moth) advancing up a leaf on the milkweed in our garden. Presumably, by specializing on milkweed, this caterpillar will be distasteful to birds, and when the caterpillars ultimately metamorphose into adult moths, to bats also.

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