bl~1/2". Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, CA. 01-11-10. © Ron Hemberger

Predaceous caterpillar

Laetilia dilatifasciella

Lepidoptera: Pyralidae

This caterpillar feeds on cochineal insects and "disgorges carminic acid-laden crop fluid" for defence against ants.

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