A caterpillar of the Old World Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon). The caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, which serves as an effective defense against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger, it becomes green with black and orange markings and becomes capable of releasing a foul smell if disturbed, which deters insects, but not birds.
Photo: Archaeodontosaurus                                                  via: Wikipedia

A caterpillar of the Old World Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio machaon). The caterpillar spends the first part of its life with the appearance of a bird dropping, which serves as an effective defense against predators. As the caterpillar grows larger, it becomes green with black and orange markings and becomes capable of releasing a foul smell if disturbed, which deters insects, but not birds.

Photo: Archaeodontosaurus                                                  via: Wikipedia

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