Closeup of first instar larva with poison tipped setae.
The poison develops as soon as the larva emerges from the egg.
Poison tipped seta on a fourth instar larva during its moulting process to a fifth instar, showing the poison filled glandular sac at the base of the seta.
Mature larvae of Belenois java on Capparis mitchellii
All photography by R. Grund unless stated otherwise.