Caterpillar Hyalophora cecropia, in warning colour

Caterpillar Hyalophora cecropia, in warning colour

Z355/0422 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 25.4MB

Downloadable file size: 1.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


This image is part of the feature Mimetism

Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Caterpillar mimicry. A caterpillar of the saturniid moth Hyalophora cecropia. This North American caterpillar has brightly coloured pro- truberances bearing black spikes on its body. The role served by these structures is not known. They may be a mimicry device to make the caterpillar resemble a poisonous animal or a toxic plant. This caterpillar itself is not toxic and is very tasty to birds. The red and yellow protruberances may be warning colours making the caterpillar conspicuous to predators. Predators may then associate it with another animal or plant which has a sting, or distasteful flesh, and be warned off.

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: animal, aposematic colours, caterpill, caterpilla, caterpillar, colour, defence, hyalophora, hyalophora cecropia, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, type, warning, warning colour, warning colours, wildlife, zoology

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.