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Red Admiral extra-colorful caterpillar - Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral extra-colorful caterpillar - Vanessa atalanta
Beck Park, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
July 13, 2009
Size: 17 mm
Discovered on the same ragweed plant I'd collected a dark-colored Red Admiral caterpillar from. I went to gather more leaves, noticed another leaf shelter, and couldn't resist taking this beauty home.

It remained red and yellow, with light-colored spines, as a caterpillar and prepupa. The pupa was also slightly paler than that of the dark-colored caterpillar.

Compare to its darker-colored relative, photographed at the same time:


Plant: Ragweed (Artemisia sp.)

Images of this individual: tag all
Red Admiral extra-colorful caterpillar - Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral extra-colorful caterpillar - Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral extra-colorful caterpillar - prepupa - Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral chrysalis - Vanessa atalanta Red Admiral - reared from caterpillar - Vanessa atalanta

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