Great Eggfly Caterpillar Hypolimnas bolina

Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
The caterpillar of the Great or Common Eggfly butterfly is black with a red head and very spiky. Spikes are arranged in (part) rings around the body, unlike the Page/Malachite caterpillars where the spikes are in longitudinal rows.
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
The caterpillar starts out wholly black and develops a dark red head with its black spikes. The spikes lighten to red.
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar on nettle
The head becomes brighter red and the spikes become orange.
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
The spikes become orange-yellow before pupation.
Great Eggfly butterfly chrysalis
Great Eggfly butterfly chrysalis
Great Eggfly butterfly caterpillar
The spiky chrysalis.