Cinnabar moth caterpillars

Cinnabar moth caterpillars

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Credit: COLIN VARNDELL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cinnabar moth caterpillars (Tyria jacobaeae) feeding 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 from the toxic pyrolizidine alkaloids in ragwort. Photographed in July, in Dorset, UK.

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