succinctly – Monarch moth caterpillar

Monarch moth caterpillar

Long it took me to find out what might become of this bead, a monarch butterfly. He is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. He has reddish brownish wings with black veins and edges, on which two rows of white dots are. The wingspan is about 10 cm. In July, the females lay their eggs on leaves and stems of milkweed monarch or milkweed. In a few days the caterpillars eat this plant completely bare. This spurge contains toxins that make the caterpillars and butterflies for their predators unpalatable. On the underside of leaves, the caterpillars pupate and hatch after two weeks as a new butterfly.
Raupe des Monarchfalters Raupe des Monarchfalters
I have taken this caterpillar in the cloud forests of La Gomera.

Bild Monarchfalter - Wikipedia Quelle: Wikipedia  Monarchfalter

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