Caterpillar

Caterpillar

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Credit: EDWARD KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The caterpillar of Cucullia alfarata eating goldenrod. Photographed in late September in Upstate New York. The colour of this species is a warning to predators to keep away from the microscopic spines on the surface. This caterpillar is most likely toxic to birds. This species adult form is a nondescript gray moth with a wingspan of about 3cm.

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Keywords: animal, arthropod, arthropoda, arthropods, caterpillar, cucullia, fauna, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larval, larval stage, moth, moth larva, nature, new york, self defence, toxcicity, toxic, warning, warning colour, wildlife, zoology

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