California Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar #battusphilenorhirsuta resting in its native habitat. Although it easy to spot the caterpillar on the leaf of a California Pipevine #aristolochiacalifornica they blend into the environment as they craw on branches between leaves. The bold pattern sends a message to predators to leave them alone. Kids on the other hand are always curious. A group of kids asked @timtast1c about the big bright orange horns that came out when they touched the caterpillar. As a defense mechanism the caterpillar raises its #osmeterium to appear more threatening. This caterpillar was never disturbed and enjoyed the photo shoot.
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