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Butterfly Swarm in Lanzarote

by | Oct 30, 2018

There seems to be an exceptional swarm of butterflies on the island at the moment. The Canary Islands are home to around 600 species (including moths) and more than a quarter of these are not found anywhere else in the world! The Monarch butterfly is probably the most common and there are plenty about this month. Identified by its orange and red wings which are veined with black. The caterpillar feeds on a certain species of Milkweed which can normally be found in border gardens. The population is dependent on the availability of this plant life alone.
The striped caterpillar with the bold warning colours of black and yellow and creamy white is prominent to tell predators that it is nasty-tasting and poisonous.