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Nikon D7000
Tamron 90mm macro lens
natural sunlight
Backyard, Melbourne, Australia

There are lots of wanderer caterpillars on my swan plant this year.They ate the leaves of all the swan plant and then started on my daisy next to it.
The caterpillar has yellow, white and black colour rings around its body. This colour pattern is a warning sign to the predators, such as birds.
The swan plant is poisonous but the caterpillar can tolerate this poison and store in their body, so both the caterpillar and adult butterfly are poisonous. Birds and other predators will avoid them. I found about 30 caterpillars but a few weeks later,there are only four chrysalis waiting to emerge as the Monarch Butterfly. Lovely to watch these fat colourful caterpillars at work,they never stop munching : )

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