Vanessa species Caterpillar

I was wondering what the bug showed in the pictures is called. We found it on a nettle (Palude Brabbia Inarzo – Varese – Italy) Thanks a lot,

Hi Alessandro,
Most butterflies in the genus Vanessa, including Painted Ladies and Red Admirals (or Red Admirables according to Nabokov), have spiny caterpillars that feed on nettles. Your caterpillar is one of the Vanessa species.

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