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Vieques Monarch Larvae
Fifth instar monarch larva feeding on Calotropis procera. Note the black banding characteristic of this monarch population:
Foliar damage by monarch larvae to leaves of Calotropis procera. I counted 9-10 larvae. How many do you see?:
"Trenching" by 2nd instar monarch larvae to cut off the flow of latex into feeding area:
Calotropis procera flower:
Calotropis procera in fruit and flower:
Variation in the color and banding of fifth instar larvae from Vieques, Puerto Rico:
Banding pattern of a typical fifth instar monarch larva from the eastern North American migratory population.
Photos taken by Ray Cordero and Chip Taylor.
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