Old World swallowtail caterpillar

Old World swallowtail caterpillar

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Caption: Old World swallowtail (Papilio machaon) caterpillar on a dill plant (Anethum graveolens). This is the larval form of this butterfly, also known as the common yellow swallowtail or simply the swallowtail. This larva has bright warning colours which make it deliberately conspicuous to its predators. Warning (aposematic) colouration indicates the animal has built-in defences such as poison or (as here) foul-tasting flesh.

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