Horned Caterpillar: A larva of Melanitis leda

These pictures were taken by me in my yard this afternoon. A caterpillar with two thorny horns feeds on grass.

This is a larva of Melanitis leda, also commonly called the common evening brown, a butterfly species classified in the family Nymphalidae.

The larva is bright green with black horns and a face. This is in stark contrast to the brown adult butterfly after going through the metamorphosis phase.

I observed that the larvae feed very voraciously. It is able to gnaw a blade of grass in a fairly short time.













Below you can see how the butterfly goes through metamorphosis phases.


CameraXiaomi Poco X3 NFC
LensExternal Extreme Macro 25mm
CategoryAnimal Photography
ProcessedMobile Lightroom
LocationLhokseumawe, Aceh, Indonesia

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