Buff tip moth caterpillars

Buff tip moth caterpillars

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Buff tip moth caterpillars (Phalera bucephala) feeding on leaves. These caterpillars can cause great damage to plants as they always feed in large groups. They are covered in irritant hairs, and their black and yellow colouration warns potential predators that they are distasteful.

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Keywords: animal, biology, buff tip moth, buff-tip, caterpillar, caterpillars, close-up, damage, eating, feeding, insect, invertebrate, invertebrates, irritant, leaf, leaves, lepidoptera, lepidopteran, macrophotograph, many, multiple, nature, pest, pests, phalera bucephala, warning colours, zoology

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