Cinnabar moth caterpillars

Cinnabar moth caterpillars

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cinnabar moth caterpillars (Tyria jacobaeae) on ragwort (Senecio jacobaea). The yellow and black colouration of these caterpillars acts as a warning to predators that they are poisonous. They gain their poison though eating ragwort and sequestering its toxic pyrolizidine alkaloids.

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