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Acrobatic Queen caterpillar hangs out beyond eaten-away Milkweed stem

As I took shot after shot, this Queen caterpillar climbed out further and further into the air! Many segments, many legs, many possibilities to hold on!

 

The Queen caterpillar is very similar to the Monarch caterpillar but it has three pairs of thread-like tubercles (tentacles) on its body instead of two.

 

The Queen butterfly is a showy resident of Florida. It breeds on milkweed plants, along with its cousin the Monarch. The Queen however tends to be a more poisonous butterfly than either the Monarch or the similar Viceroy. The Queen caterpillar is a lot like the Monarch's, with yellow, brown and tannish-white rings on each each.

 

Queen caterpillar, Danaus plexippus, Danaidae

Biscayne Park FL

www.susanfordcollins.com

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Taken on September 2, 2011