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Thoas Swallowtail caterpillar

Thoas Swallowtail caterpillar

C033/2881

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57.1 MB (3.3 MB compressed)

3696 x 5400 pixels

31.2 x 45.7 cm ⏐ 12.3 x 18.0 in (300dpi)

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MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

The fifth instar of the Thoas Swallowtail ( Papilio thoas ) is patterned and shaped like a bird dropping - a remarkable case of disguise camouflage. It hides in plain sight. A number of related species use a similar pattern. As long as the caterpillar remains still in the presence of a predator it will normally go undetected and few birds would attempt to eat faeces. The Butterfly House, Landes, France.

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Model release not required. Property release not required.

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