Hairy caterpillars feeding

Hairy caterpillars feeding

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Caption: Hairy caterpillars feeding. Larvae of a lepidopteran (moths and butterflies) feeding on a leaf, showing the long hairs (setae) covering their bodies. Many caterpillars are covered in hairs that act as a defence mechanism. The hairs often have detachable tips that will irritate would-be predators by lodging in the skin or mucous membranes.

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