Subject: Caterpillar ID
Location: Sikkim, India
October 27, 2015 3:02 am
These spiky black caterpillars were found aggregated on nettles
Thanks for supplying the name of the food plant. Butterflies in the genus Vanessa feed on nettles, and we suspect your caterpillars are probably Vanessa indica, the Indian Red Admiral or another member of the genus. According to the Learn About Butterflies site: “The larval foodplants in include Urtica, Girardinia and Boehmeria.” According to Herb Wisdom, mettles are in the genus Urtica.