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California Sister Caterpillar

Adelpha californica


Green horned California Sister caterpillar on a tan oak leaf. Approx. 1 inch long. Adelpha californica, commonly known as the California Sister, is a species of butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. They are common in California, but can also be found in western Nevada and Oregon, as well as in northern Baja California. The upper surfaces of their wings are dark brown to black with wide cream white bands dissecting both wings and two orange patches near the tips of the forewings. The underside is variously colored with browns, blue, orange, and white. A. californica is unpalatable to predators and is part of a large mimicry complex. Wikipedia


On tan oak leaf along hiking trail in Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos, CA


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misako 8 years ago

Thank you RiekoS and beatrice.alampay!

beatrice.alampay 8 years ago


RiekoS 8 years ago

Very nice series!

misako 8 years ago

Yuko--it was a caterpillar day. I saw all 3 of them along the same hiking trail. :)

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Wow! Another one! Are you doing the caterpillar fashion show Misako-san? ;-)

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Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on May 27, 2013

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