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Fritillary Caterpillars

Euphydryas sp.


'Nest' of spikey black caterpillars. Closer view in 2nd shot


Deciduous woodland

1 Species ID Suggestions

Marsh Fritillary or Spanish Fritillary
Euphydryas aurinia or E. desfontainii (probably the first) Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums: Euphydryas Aurinia

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craigwilliams 8 years ago

Thanks for your help EarlyStages! These do look like a better fit. I'll just leave it as Euphydryas sp. to be on the safe side.

craigwilliams 8 years ago

The only thing that I'm not sure about here is that a lot of pictures of Mourning Cloak caterpillars show very pronounced red/brown spots. I guess they may develop with later instars.

craigwilliams 8 years ago

Thank you Martin! This beautiful butterfly is found in Spain too, so I think you're probably right. I read that the caterpillars stay together & feed in webbed nests too, so looks like snap! Funnily enough, I've always wanted to see one of the adults, called Camberwell Beauty here in the UK. Having lived around Camberwell where there is a large tiled picture , and several copies of it around the area, I had long assumed that it had been pushed out of town when it's habitat was destroyed. Turns out there were just a few migrants found in Camberwell long ago and it's never really been a UK native. At least now I've seen the caterpillars!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

That looks a good match martin even if the other side of the Atlantic.

MartinL 8 years ago

I don't know your local butterflies very well but suspect mourning cloak. Here's an idea for ID.

windmustache 8 years ago

Amazing caterpillars!

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Ferreira, Andalucía, Spain

Spotted on Apr 11, 2011
Submitted on Nov 8, 2011

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