Battle of the Oleander Caterpillars

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Battle of the Oleander Caterpillars

Oleander Caterpillars are typically found on Oleander trees in the semi-tropical regions of the the United States as well as further south throughout the Caribbean islands. The “Oleander caterpillars” are specially adapted to be able to eat the leaves of the normally toxic oleander tree. In fact, the caterpillars themselves can cause an allergic reaction if handled with bare hands.

Why they would fight over a small territory in a very large and mostly unoccupied tree is difficult to fathom. Nonetheless, they fought for over six hours.

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