Caterpillar of Monarch butterfly, D.Plexippus

Caterpillar of Monarch butterfly, D.Plexippus


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Caterpillar of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus). This is in the final instar larval stage of development, and is seen fixing itself to a leaf of the milkweed Asclepias rotundifolia prior to pupation. The caterpillar is brightly coloured, this is a warning to potential predators. D.plexippus contains cardiac glycosides derived from its food, and is thus toxic to birds and other animals.

Release details

Model release not required. Property release not required.

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