Found on the underside of a large leaf, next to a small patch of eggs.
No interactions present.
Very nice photos.
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Thanks Graham, but I could do better - these are a touch too over exposed for my liking.
I checked on the eggs this morning and almost all have gone. Is it more likely that something has eaten them or have they just fallen off the leaf? I assume the caterpillars won't have hatched and dispersed so quickly.
Good question JaseJ, and I don't know the answer. According to my books the eggs need at least four days before they hatch, and even then you'd still see some of the empty shell left behind. I can only guess at it being predation by a bird, but don't have any observations or references to back that up.
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