Magpie moth caterpillar

Magpie moth caterpillar

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Credit: DAVID AUBREY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Magpie moth caterpillar (Abraxas grossulariata) on a twig. Although once common, this moth is becoming rare in Britain. It is native to much of the Palearctic region, from Europe to Japan, and lives in woods, gardens and hedges. It overwinters as a caterpillar, pupating in May or June. The caterpillar grows to a length of around 3 centimetres and feeds on currant and gooseberry bushes in particular. It is sometimes known as the looper because of the tight loops it makes when crawling. Although its bright colouration makes it easy to spot, it also serves to warn predators that it is unpleasant to eat.

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Keywords: abraxas grossulariata, animal, biological, biology, caterpillar, entomology, fauna, insect, invertebrate, invertebrates, larva, looper, magpie moth, nature, one, single, twig, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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