swallowtail caterpillar

swallowtail caterpillar

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Caption: Common yellow swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar on a twig This larva is brightly coloured white, orange and black. These are warning colours which make the caterpillar deliberately conspicuous to its predators. Warning (aposematic) colouration indicates the animal has built-in defences such as poison. Papilio machaon has distasteful flesh.

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