This caterpillar (larva) of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is eating a leaf that it is holding. It is not only adult monarchs that look striking. The larva have conspicuous bands of black, white and yellow. The species was self-introduced to New Zealand – it was first recorded in New Zealand in 1873, having island-hopped its way across the Pacific Ocean from North America.
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Photograph by Peter E. Smith
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