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Vanessa sp. caterpillar

Vanessa sp.


40 mm long black caterpillar, with double yellow stripe on the side. 4 prolegs, 1 anal proleg and 2 thoracic legs. The caterpillar of Vanessa cardui or Vanessa atalanta.


Spotted crossing a wooden bridge between two alpine meadows. There were many more around. Alt. 1600 m ASL.

1 species ID suggestions

Painted Lady or Red Admiral
Vanessa cardui or V. atalanta Vanessa


maplemoth662 6 months ago

A very beautiful caterpillar....

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Emma. I saw adult red admirals at the same location a few weeks later...

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 5 years ago

We have red admirals .Not as many as other Vanessa sp though, A striking butterfly.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

I have now seen red admirals on the wing in the area!

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks for the ID suggestion EarlyStages! Even though the place of spotting is part of the area of distribution for these butterflies in the summer, I have never spotted them there. There were certainly plenty of thistles around.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Satyen:-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

I'm pretty sure whatever it turns into is going to be very pretty :-)

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Thanks Atul! Now tell me what it'll turn into:-)

Atul 5 years ago

wow lovely!

Valais/Wallis, Switzerland

Lat: 46.15, Long: 6.80

Spotted on Jul 9, 2012
Submitted on Jul 16, 2012

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