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Spanish Festoon

Zerynthia rumina (caterpillars on Aristolochia baetica)

Description:

The caterpillars only feed on a few species of Dutchman's Pipe vines (Aristolochia). Alkaloids in the vines are poisonous to most other things, which makes the caterpillars unpalatable to predators. 2nd photo shows an early instar in an inflorescence, third is a more mature instar.

Habitat:

Dry river beds

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7 Comments

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Thanks Marta. I don't know if you could call the caterpillars pretty but it's some transformation!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Very pretty!

HeatherMiller
HeatherMiller 9 years ago

I love this series from caterpillar to instar to adult. Great documentation. Thanks for sharing.

textless
textless 9 years ago

Lovely!

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

No problem. Yeah, that happens sometimes, all the photos don't load when you save the spotting. Also it seems like it accepts the location but it sometimes changes after you save it. Just a few things to check on after you save.

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 9 years ago

Thanks! Second photo disappeared - now replaced

dandoucette
dandoucette 9 years ago

Spectacular!

craigwilliams
Spotted by
craigwilliams

Níjar, Andalucía, Spain

Spotted on Apr 16, 2011
Submitted on Oct 16, 2011

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